A Siemens-Shanghai Electric joint venture plans to install around 300MW of onshore wind farms in China this year, according to the Chinese end of the partnership.
Two joint ventures grouping the wind power operations of Siemens and Shanghai Electric formally started operations in China in July last year, following an agreement signed in December 2011, says Arthur Leung, Shanghai Electric company secretary and deputy head of investor relations.
The ventures recently supplied a 50MW wind farm in Shandong province owned by Guohua, part of China’s coal giant Shenhua Group. The Guangrao project uses turbines based on Siemens technology.
The joint ventures have already received other orders for onshore wind farms and plan to install “five or six projects” this year, Leung tells Recharge. Wind farms in China are typically around 50MW in size.
It is also “pursuing several offshore projects”, he adds. He declined to give any details of offshore project plans.
Martin Volker Gerhardt, head of offshore wind power for Siemens Asia-Pacific, also declined to discuss further details with Recharge.
Shanghai Electric said in 2011 that it planned to leverage Siemens’ experience to target a 25% share of China’s offshore wind market.
They have already worked together to supply turbines to Longyuan’s Rudong inter-tidal wind project. Shanghai Electric also won a tender in 2011 to supply 26 of its 3.6MW turbines to the second phase of the Donghai Bridge wind farm off Shanghai.
However China’s offshore wind market has been slow to get started, with poor planning and shifting regulations holding back the first projects awarded off Jiangsu province.
Shanghai Electric installed 810MW of turbines in China during 2012, up from 710MW in 2011, according to data from the China Wind Energy Association. It was the sixth largest supplier last year.