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Giant Offshore Wind Farm Planned For Guangdong

Agence France-Presse in Beijing – Updated on Mar 04, 2008 – SCMP

The mainland would build its largest offshore wind farm in Guangdong, media reported on Tuesday, in a bid to alleviate looming power shortages.

The facility, covering a sea area of 240 square kilometres, includes a 1,250 megawatt wind farm, an 8,000 megawatt power plant and a dock construction project, the Xinhua news agency said.

The city of Lufeng, close to the farm’s planned location, and Guangdong Baolihua New Energy Stock last week signed an agreement on the project, according to earlier media reports, which gave no financial details.

A power crunch has plagued Guangdong, the country’s industrial powerhouse, for years, and this year shortages threaten to become the worst in three decades due to demand and also damage to transmission lines caused by prolonged cold weather.

Local government officials said the wind farm was expected to “relieve the energy pressure and optimise the energy structure” in the province, according to Xinhua.

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