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CGN, Shanwei government in offshore wind power deal


China’s clean energy giant China General Nuclear Power Corp (CGN) and the Shanwei municipal government have formed a partnership to launch an offshore wind power project in Jiazi town of the coastal city of Shanwei, Guangdong province.

Two subsidiaries of CGN, CGN New Energy Holdings Co and China Nuclear Power Engineering Co, signed agreements with the Shanwei government for an offshore wind power plant and an engineering base on Feb 27, 2018.

The 900,000-kW project, which will require two phases of construction, marks CGN’s efforts to expand the offshore wind power business in Guangdong, and is part of Shanwei’s promotion of new energy.

At the signing ceremony, Shanwei’s mayor Yang Xusong spoke highly of CGN’s strength in developing clean energy. The project is expected to boost development of the offshore wind power industry and its related sectors and economy, enabling Shanwei to build the largest energy base in Guangdong and transform itself into a benchmark clean energy city. Meanwhile, the project will help Shanwei attract more technology professionals and drive Guangdong’s clean energy industry, said Yang.

Shu Guogang, senior vice president of CGN, pledged that the company will strive to build the project into a model for offshore wind power that contributes to Guangdong’s economic growth.

Shanwei, with abundant offshore wind power resources, is strengthening its maritime development and preservation, and promoting a seaport economy.

Developing the offshore wind power sector is also part of China's "green development" strategy. The Guangdong provincial government has made development of a 1 trillion yuan wind power industry a priority, seeing it as a key driver for acceleration of the local marine economy and adjustment of its energy structure.