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LM Wind Power has formed a strategic collaboration with Chinese wind turbine manufacturer CSIC (China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation) HZ Windpower to deliver blades for its newly launched H151-5.0MW platform.
According to LM Wind Power, the blades will be delivered from its plant in Jiangyin, China. The first sets are expected to be installed in Q4 2016 at Rudong wind farm.
The announcement was made at CWP (China Wind Power) 2016 in Beijing at a product launch ceremony where CSIC HZ Windpower received the type certificate for the new offshore turbine. LM Wind Power’s CEO, Marc de Jong, who attended the event stated, “It is a great pleasure to support CSIC HZ Windpower, a pioneer and leading player in the development of the offshore wind market in China, and launch their new offshore wind turbine platform. This deal strengthens LM Wind Power’s growth in China and emphasises the importance of highly reliable and efficient blades as a key factor for expanding the growing offshore sector.”
“Taking advantage of LM Wind Power’s advanced technology, highly reliable manufacturing and long track record in successful offshore blade supply, CSIC HZ Windpower aims to play a leading role in the development of offshore wind in China. We chose LM Wind Power blades because reliability and quality really matter in the offshore sector,” Zhang Haiya, Deputy Director of R&D Centre, CSIC HZ Windpower commented.
LM Wind Power states that, in 2013, two prototype turbines with the LM Wind Power blades were installed in Rudong in the Jiangsu Province. The successful operation and excellent performance from the prototypes paved the way for the long term deal now announced between LM Wind Power and CSIC HZ Windpower.
China is set to invest significantly in offshore wind over the coming years. The 13th five-year plan issued by China’s central government has a target of more than 5GW offshore installation by 2020. With today’s offshore installations amounting to approximately 1GW, meeting this target requires strong growth and mobilisation of key players over the next five years.
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