China’s first 10MW offshore wind turbine – and Asia’s largest yet – was installed and connected to the grid on Sunday at the Xinhua Bay Phase II project, off Fujian province.

The prototype designed by Dongfang Electric Corp (DEC) and deployed for developer China Three Gorges (CTG) takes the country into double-digit turbine ratings as its offshore wind sector accelerates.

The turbine, which has a 185-metre-diameter rotor, achieved the grid-connection milestone more than a month after offshore installation work begun on 4 June.