Siemens claims China coup with first foreign offshore wind order

Germany’s Siemens has become the first foreign turbine manufacturer to secure an order from a Chinese offshore wind project.

Siemens booked an order for 21 of its 2.3MW machines for an offshore development run by Jiangsu Longyuan, a subsidiary of Longyuan Power Group – China’s biggest wind power developer.

The turbines, with a 101-metre rotor diameter, will be installed at the project off Rudong County in Jiangsu province, with commissioning expected in late 2011.

The 50MW contract includes a five-year service and maintenance agreement, and Siemens claims the order is a “breakthrough” in its renewable energy strategy.

“We see good opportunities for offshore wind power in China with its shallow water near the consumption centres on the coast,” says Jens-Peter Saul, chief executive of the Siemens Wind Power business unit.

According to the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association (CREIA), China will expand its offshore wind-power capacity to 5GW by 2015 and 30GW by 2020.

With around 45GW of total wind capacity and a growth rate of 73% from 2009 to 2010, China is currently the world`s largest wind-power market.

Siemens opened its first blade manufacturing plant in China in November 2010 and a nacelle plant earlier this year, both in Shanghai.

Siemens has carved out a leading position in the offshore turbine sector in Europe, and is currently developing a 6MW direct-drive machine to be produced at a new manufacturing plant in Hull, UK.