Sinovel flags offshore fightback

Troubled Chinese turbine group Sinovel can overcome its problems and has big ambitions in the offshore wind sector, senior company officials said today.

Sinovel – which has faced a series of setbacks over the last two years – still has a platform for future success, company vice president Chen Danghui told China Windpower 2013 in Beijing.

“We’ve received lots of negative coverage, but we can overcome (these difficulties) because our core people are still around,” said Chen.

Analysts have said Sinovel – formerly China’s biggest supplier of wind turbines and at one stage the global number-two – faces a tough road back from setbacks such as a high-profile legal battle with former customer AMSC, a probe by Chinese financial authorities, and questions over its product range.

But the company expects to benefit from the anticipated full-scale launch of offshore projects in China over the coming years, Sinovel senior vice president Tao Gang told Recharge.

“We have rich experience offshore,” Tao said.

Sinovel this week connected its second 6MW turbine to the grid at a site run by developer Luneng in Zhangbei county, in northern China’s Hebei province.

It plans to deliver 17 units to a 102MW pilot offshore project in Shanghai’s Nanhui district in the first quarter of 2014. The 1.76bn yuan ($288.5m) project is scheduled for completion by next September.

Beijing-based Sinovel installed its first 6MW machine in Jiangsu province last year.

Tao said Sinovel has confidence in its technology, noting that it was the first Chinese manufacturer to roll out 3MW, 5MW and 6MW turbines.