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CGN gets go-ahead for 300MW of offshore wind in China

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) has obtained a permit to develop 300MW of wind capacity off the coast of southeastern China.

The Fujian Development and Reform Commission recently approved the project, which will be built in the Taiwan Strait near Pingtan Island, Fujian province.

The site offers annual average wind speeds of 9.4 m/s, which ranks among “the best wind resources in China,” according to an online statement

CGN signed the investment agreement — its biggest energy project in the current calendar year — in August.

In September, it completed a 152MW demonstration project in Rudong, Jiangsu province. The pilot, which features 38 of Siemens’ 4MW turbines, was the first offshore project in the country to include an offshore substation.

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The group has been developing wind projects in China for 10 years, with a cumulative installed capacity of about 10GW across 27 provinces and regions.

CGN operates 8.84GW of clean-energy capacity outside of its home country, with projects in the UK, France, Australia, Malaysia, South Korea, Bangladesh, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

CGN New Energy, the group’s overseas renewable-energy development unit, claims it can commission up to 2GW of fresh wind capacity per year.

In July, CGN and French developer Eolfi secured backing from French energy agency Ademe to build a 24MW floating wind pilot project off the coast of Brittany.

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