LM Wind Power (Kolding, Denmark) and Chinese wind turbine manufacturer CSIC (China Shipbuilding Industry Corp.) HZ Windpower have formed a partnership to deliver blades for its newly launched H151-5.0MW platform. The blades will be delivered from LM Wind Power's plant in Jiangyin and the first sets are expected to be installed in Q4 2016 at the 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. "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 Center, CSIC HZ Windpower commented.
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.
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 mobilization of key players over the next five years.