GE Energy is supplying 14 of its 1.5MW wind turbines for the first two utility-scale wind projects to be built in Shanghai, China’s largest city.
With a total combined capacity of 21MW, the Chongming Wind Facility is located on the eastern end of Chongming Island, and the Nanhui Wind Facility is situated in the southeastern region of the city in the Nanhui district.
Both facilities are being constructed by Shanghai Wind Power Company (SWPC), which is owned by Shanghai Power Industrial & Commercial Co. The projects are expected to be finished by the first quarter of 2005.
The projects’ owner, Shanghai Power Industrial & Commercial, is a subsidiary of Shanghai Municipal Electric Power Company (SMEPC). The co-developers of the wind facilities are SMEPC and China Longyuan Electric Power Group Corp. (CLYPG), China’s largest wind power company. CLYPG is the subsidiary of China Guodian Group, one of China’s five state-owned power generation companies.
The projects support China’s national initiative that targets the creation of 20GW of new renewable energy by 2020.
The Shanghai wind facilities represent the first in China to be financed by the World Bank, which provided $13 million in assistance, service and technical training.
In addition to the supply of wind turbines, GE Energy will provide technical advisory services for installation as well as a three-year operation and maintenance package. The new wind facilities are also the first in China to use GE’s Bently Nevada condition-monitoring system.
The new Shanghai wind projects mark GE Energy’s second wind announcement in China in the past year. In October 2003, GE Energy announced it was installing 10 of its 1.5MW wind turbines for the Huitengxile Wind Power Plant in Inner Mongolia, China.