Chinese energy regulators expect to see less than 12GW of offshore wind in place by the end of 2021 — less than a quarter of the 53GW-plus that is subject to a feed-in tariff (FIT)-related deadline which sparked an unprecedented turbine installation dash off China’s coasts.

The figures, recently revealed by officials from the National Energy Administration (NEA) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), confirm earlier reports by Recharge that a huge swathe of China’s offshore wind project pipeline is set to miss out after a construction crunch that left the country’s fledgling supply chain struggling to cope.