China Three Gorges Corporation (CTG) has started construction of the second phase of its offshore wind farm Zhangpu Liuao. The project will be both China’s and the world’s first wind farm to comprise 16 MW wind turbines.
CTG will build the wind farm off the southeast side of the Liu’ao Peninsula in Zhangpu, in the southern part of Fujian Province. According to a press release from the company, this is the first offshore wind project in that area.
Zhangpu Liuao Phase 2 will have a generation capacity of 400 MW and will be able to produce about 1.6 TWh of electricity per year. This can save about 500,000 tons of standard coal and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 1.36 million tons per year, CTG says.
The total investment in the offshore wind farm is estimated at CNY 6 billion (approximately EUR 820 million; USD 885 million).
As for the 16 MW wind turbines, CTG made headlines at the end of last year after producing the first components for a 16 MW unit. The company developed the model together with Goldwind Technology.