China’s long-expected leap to the global offshore wind number-one spot was anointed by spectacular installation figures from the nation’s own officials, who said it added almost 17GW of capacity last year.

The 16.9GW of new offshore wind added in 2021 cited by China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), as reported by state media outlet CCTV, takes the country’s official total for wind at sea to 26.4GW – well ahead of previous leader the UK, which currently has 10.4GW in operation.

Total cumulative global offshore wind capacity stood at 34GW by mid-2021, according to industry body World Forum Offshore Wind.