New York, N.Y., February 1, 2010 — GC China Turbine Corp., a Chinese manufacturer of twin blade wind turbines, wishes to provide an update of events regarding the Dafeng Offshore Wind Power Project of Jiangsu Province, China.
As previously announced in November, GC China has entered into preliminary agreements with the local authorities with the intent to develop a local manufacturing base from which to build large utility scale wind turbines for offshore and coastal use in the area.
Initial plans envision several local offshore wind farms, each offering 500 MW capacity. Initial estimates by the company place the value of potential orders for a project of this scale in excess of U.S. $344 million (2.35 billion Yuan).
The company is now pleased to announce that procedures for the establishment of joint venture opportunities are ongoing and has led to commitments obtained from the local government for an initial 500 MW offshore wind farm.
This first phase of the regional master plan, if approved, is estimated to include 50 turbines of 1 MW. At later stages, the wind farm will also synchronously utilize the new high output models of 2.5 MW and 3 MW currently in development at GC China’s European R & D facility.
The project is targeting a three phase development plan with options for additional capacity engineered into each stage should increased demands warrant added scope.
The company is confident it can accomplish its engineering and environmental assessments and receive the necessary approvals for the first phase 100 MW offshore wind farm during 2010.
Momentum for the project has increased through the use of the widely adopted “wind resource model” which provides for wind turbine manufacturers to directly obtain development rights for high-quality wind farm projects and then transfer the right of management of those wind farm projects to electrical generation companies who subsequently offer guarantees to place purchase orders with the wind turbine manufacturers in exchange for certain rights at the previously developed locations.
In 2009, GC China announced its aims for future strategic planning under the wind resource model, with a focus on creating wind resource strategies targeting known development regions so as to reserve those locations for future marketing and development alliances.
The company’s strategic plan was adopted in 2009 through a demonstration of the model held in conjunction with leaders and experts from the Chinese Ministry of Science and Engineering and Information Department.