GE Renewable Energy secured a deal to build and equip a 715MW wind farm in China in a new record order for a non-Chinese OEM in the world’s largest turbine market.
The US group will deliver its 2.5-132 turbines to the project being developed by China Huaneng in Henan Province.
The manufacturer said the 286 turbines, which will be deployed with 130-metre soft steel towers, were “designed specifically for the unique low-wind-speed needs of the China wind regime and manufactured by GE in China”.
The wind farm is a development demonstration project under the auspices of China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), said a statement announcing the deal.
“GE has a long history in China, and we are excited to have this opportunity to continue to learn locally and grow together, with technology specifically developed for the region,” said GE Renewable Energy CEO Jérôme Pécresse.
The order raises the bar for a western OEM in China, where foreign suppliers have struggled to make inroads against the likes of local giants such as Goldwind and Envision.
Along with Siemens Gamesa and Vestas, GE was among the unsuccessful western contenders for a share of the 6GW Ulanqab project earlier this year.
GE also has high hopes in the Chinese offshore wind sector, with plans underway to build a factory for its 12MW Haliade-X.