• Week of December 17, 2018

    News Summary:

    • Local DRC approves 3,000MW of offshore wind capacity for 3 Gorges
    • Power trading companies can now take seats on South Hebei Power Grid Electricity Market Management Committee
    • CGN 1,200t jackup vessel launched in Guangdong
    • China’s first turn-key EPCI offshore wind project begins installation
    • November report shows 3.6% YOY industry-wide power generation increase

     

     

    Local DRC approves 3,000MW of offshore wind capacity for 3 Gorges

    As Azure predicted in last week’s (December 10) news report, the Yangjiang government will be approving a series of offshore wind projects before the end of this month. 3-Gorges’ Qingzhou V, VI and VII offshore wind projects with a cumulative capacity of 3,000 MW have been approved by the Yangjiang Development and Reform Commission (DRC) earlier this month. The three projects all plan to deploy 5.5MW and above offshore WTGs. The total investment for all three projects is said to be above 55.3 billion CNY, of which 30% shall be invested as equity by 3-Gorges and 70% as bank financing. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    Yangjiang City’s Qingzhou offshore area has 7 projects with a total installed capacity of 5,000MW. Of these projects, 60% is led by 3-Gorges, followed by 20% from Yuedian and 10% from Huadian and Mingyang. The Yangjiang City projects closely follow the approval of 7 other offshore projects in Jieyang City, also in Southern China’s Guangdong Province, undertaken by Mingyang, CGN and SPIC. Azure sees the timing of these approvals as Guangdong’s last-minute attempt to  help the industry make the best of the existing 0.85 CNY/kWh offshore wind tariff.

     

     

    Power trading companies can now take seats on South Hebei Power Grid Electricity Market Management Committee

    The Hebei DRC has released a notice outlining the composition of South Hebei’s new Power Grid Electricity Market Management Committee. The committee will consist of 26 members who represent market entities such as power grid enterprises, power generation enterprises, power users, power trading companies, trading centers and third-party institutions (including research institutions and independent experts). (Hebei DRC)

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    The Electricity Market Management Committee is established to ensure the fairness and openness of the electricity market and protect the legitimate rights and interests of market participants. With a more diverse mix of players being represented, Azure believes that China will be pushing power sector liberalization more aggressively. As a result, electricity prices may expected to drop and barriers to inter-provincial electricity trading reduced, which among other benefits can help ease curtailment issues.

     

     

    CGN 1,200t jackup vessel launched in Guangdong

    On December 8, China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) Guangzhou Huangpu Shipbuilding Co. and China General Nuclear (CGN) launched a 1,200t jackup offshore wind installation vessel which will start operation in early 2019. The platform has a total length of 94.5m, a width of 43.3m, a maximum working depth of 60m and and will be used for installation of offshore wind turbines up to 7MW. (BJX)

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    China’s first turn-key EPCI offshore wind project begins installation

    The Guangdong Yudean Wailuo offshore project is currently undergoing installation and is set to be operating in 2019. The project plans to deploy 36 units of 5.5MW offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 198MW. The project developer, Yudean, signed a  a full turn-key EPCI contract with China Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Electric Power Design Institute Co., Ltd (GEDI), making it the first domestic offshore wind project for which design, construction and commissioning  is contracted to one single company, therefore allowing to significantly reduce risk and work load for the project owner. (CEEC)

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    November report shows 3.6% YOY industry-wide power generation increase

    The National Bureau of Statistics has released data on China’s energy production for November 2018. In November, industry-wide power generation was 554.3TWh, an increase of 3.6% year-on-year (YOY). Among this statistic, thermal power generation increased 3.9%, hydropower generation increased 1.5%, nuclear power generation increased 24.7%, wind power generation decreased 9.5% and solar power generation increased 2.5%. The fall in wind power production can be attributed to unfavorable wind conditions in Hebei, Shanxi and IMAR. (Stats)

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