1 Dec 2009 13:01

Jilin to more than double wind power capacity in 2010

Shanghai. December 1. INTERFAX-CHINA - Jilin Province plans boost its aggregate wind power installed capacity to 3.5 million kilowatts (kW) by the end of 2010 and 9 million kW in 2015, a local official told Interfax on Dec. 1.

As of the end of the first half, Jilin had total wind power installed capacity of 1.3 million kW, making it the third largest of any region in China, according to a representative of the Jilin branch of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC).

"According to a wind resources survey that the Jilin provincial government completed in April, the province has rich exploitable wind resources," said the representative, who works in the local NDRC's Energy department. "The western province, which has vast, flat empty grasslands, is a particularly suitable site for building large wind farms."

By 2020, the government plans to expand capacity to 15 million kW, the representative said.

Many well-known Chinese turbine makers, including Mingyang Electric Co. Ltd., Sany Group Co. Ltd., Huayi Electric Apparatus Group Co. Ltd. and China North Industries Group Corp., have factories in Jilin. Others like Sinovel Wind Co. Ltd. and Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology Co. Ltd. are in negotiations to move factories to the province, the representative said.

Jilin's wind power equipment industry is expected to generate revenues of RMB 10 billion ($1.46 billion) by 2010 and RMB 30 billion ($4.39 billion) by 2015, the representative said.

Jilin wind power installed capacity follows only that of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and neighboring Liaoning Province.