Siemens cements Shanghai Electric partnership

Siemens and Shanghai Electric have completed the 50MW Guangrao onshore wind farm 400km south of Beijing – the first project to emerge from a co-operation deal between the two.

Guangrao consists of 20 SWT-2.5-108 turbines. The project is in Guangrao county, near Dongying city on the northern coast of Shandong province

It is the first project built by two joint-ventures set up by the German and Chinese companies, called Siemens Wind Turbines (Shanghai) Co and Shanghai Electric Wind Energy Co.

Shanghai Electric has a 51% stake in the entities, with the German industrial giant owning the rest.

Both joint ventures “are now in full operation” since the beginning of this year, Siemens said, after signing a deal launching their cooperation in late 2011.

 “In cooperation with our longstanding partner in China, Shanghai Electric, the foundation of the two wind energy joint-ventures emphasises our lasting engagement in the Chinese market,” says Michael Suess, CEO of Siemens’ energy sector.

“Siemens brings into the cooperation with Shanghai Electric the most modern wind turbine technology as well as international know-how and experience with project management and development,” he added.

As the time the 2011 agreement was signed, the two partners said they would have a particular focus on the Chinese offshore sector.

Siemens and Shanghai Electric have already delivered 21 2.3MW turbines for Longyuan's Rudong inter-tidal wind project that went online in May 2012, Siemens said.

China’s National Energy Administration has targeted 5GW of installed offshore wind capacity by 2015. However, this target looks unlikely to be met after the first 1GW of offshore wind farms awarded by a national concession in 2010 failed to get started within the two-year time limit.

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