Wind moving again as China approves 3GW in Gansu

Approval of the new batch of projects in Jiuquan may point to renewed government support for the industry

Approval of the new batch of projects in Jiuquan may point to renewed government support for the industry

China has approved construction of another 3GW of wind power projects in north-western Gansu province, in a move that could be a critical turning point for the country’s slowing wind industry.

The new batch of projects is part of the Jiuquan mega-base, one of seven 10GW wind parks that Beijing set out to build in 2009.

The Jiuquan wind base was the first of the developments to get under way and already has 5.36GW in operation.

However, development of wind farms in the area ground to a halt last year after two major accidents resulted in several hundred turbines tripping off the grid simultaneously.

The outages triggered a country-wide clampdown on wind power expansion and introduction of new, tougher grid-connection standards for turbine makers.

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