200 MW Wind Farm Agreement Set for China

A signing ceremony held in the UK has given international firm IW Power exclusive rights to develop 200 megawatts (MW) of wind farms in Liaoning Province, China.

The wind farms are to be developed in Dalian city’s Changxing Island Harbor Industrial Zone, the center of northeast China’s economic boom. Planning approval for the first of a series of 50 MW wind farms is expected before the end of the year, with construction planned to be completed in 2008.

Before the signing ceremony, the Liaoning Vice Governor, and other dignitaries from Liaoning and Dalian city, visited Wind Prospect’s Red Tile Wind Farm, the closest wind farm to London. Red Tile wind farm was built on land owned by Cambridgeshire County Council. Red Tile consists of 12 two-megawatt (MW) turbines.

IW Power is a joint venture company including UK developer Wind Prospect, US investor Tang Industries, and Chinese power contractor, Insigma. The agreement has been brought about in the last few months, reflecting the growing pace of change in China’s wind industry. Last year China overtook the UK in wind generation, and the Liaoning agreement alone is equivalent to almost 10% of the UK’s wind capacity.

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