• Week of January 02, 2019

    News Summary:

    • China offshore 2018
    • Local DRC pre-approves Shanghai Electric 9.5GW offshore wind projects
    • Yangjiang DRC approves nine distributed wind projects totaling 230MW
    • Jiangsu wind projects to be attributed via competitive bidding in 2019
    • Local DRC releases Shaanxi new bidding mechanisms for onshore wind farms

     

     

    China offshore 2018

    As 2018 comes to an end, Azure has put together a comprehensive review of China’s offshore wind status. By the end of the year, China had a total of 3GW offshore wind projects in operation, with nearly 80% in Jiangsu Province. But the trend is now clearly shifting towards Guangdong Province which is home to more than 30GW of offshore wind projects in various stages of development, representing 90% of the country's pipeline. Note: All analysis data source collected from public data and Azure database.

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    Local DRC pre-approves Shanghai Electric 9.5GW offshore wind projects

    On December 17, 2018, Guangdong Province’s Shantou Development and Reform Commission (DRC) published 10 offshore projects with a total of 9.5GW. (Shantou DRC)

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    Shanghai Electric is currently the largest supplier of offshore wind turbines in China. By the end of 2017, the company had supplied more than 1.5GW of offshore wind turbines in China. In 2017, Shanghai Electric and the Shantou government signed a contract to set up the Shanghai Electric Guangdong offshore wind power intelligent manufacturing base in Shantou with an investment of 500 million CNY. After it is completed and put in operation, the base will have an annual production capacity of 200 wind turbines and an annual output value of more than 10 billion CNY. The facility is expected to ship its first wind turbine towards the middle of 2019.

     

     

    Yangjiang DRC approves nine distributed wind projects totaling 230MW

    Nine distributed wind farm projects, totaling 230MW, have been approved by the Yangjiang DRC. The project sizes range from 12 to 40MW. (Yangjiang DRC)

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    Jiangsu wind projects to be attributed via competitive bidding in 2019

    According to a new notice posted by the Jiangsu DRC, from 2019 onwards, newly approved centralized onshore wind power projects and offshore wind power projects in Jiangsu Province should all be attributed via competitive bidding mechanisms taking in account proposed on-grid tariff. (Jiangsu DRC)

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    Shaanxi DRC releases new bidding mechanisms for onshore wind farms

    The Shaanxi DRC has drafted new measures for competitive bidding of onshore wind power projects within the province in an attempt to promote efficient development of onshore wind power and technology, industrial upgrading, as well as market-oriented development. The measures will be implemented on January 1, 2019 for a trial period of two years. (Shaanxi DRC)

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    Shaanxi requires that onshore wind projects be between 50 to 100MW and, for developers, that net assets be above 500 million CNY. Projects that do not meet these conditions will be subject to a 5% decrease in developer-proposed on-grid prices and will be restricted from investment for three years.

  • Week of January 21, 2019

    News Summary:

    • CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration
    • PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030
    • Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results
    • Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV DC line starts operating
    • Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

     

    CSIC receives government funding for floating wind demonstration

    The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has recently publicized “Development of Offshore Floating Wind Power Equipment,” a proposed research project of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC). The project is designed to explore the development of high-tech ships and high-power offshore floating wind power by carrying out research on key technologies and overall design of offshore floating wind power equipment, manufacturing, commissioning of mooring systems and applications at sea. (BJX)

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    With the project encompassing efforts to implement the “Made in China 2025” plan, promote the implementation of strategic emerging offshore engineering projects and improve the level of R&D and design of high-performing equipment in China, it is clear that China is looking to increase self-reliance by promoting large-scale domestic production. Currently, few foreign firms have development rights in China, but it is interesting to note that in late 2018 China seemed more open to the idea of using foreign aid to speed up development in deep-sea wind power. This could be due to prospects that the new policy effective January 1, which subjects all large-scale wind farm development to power price competitive bidding, will put a greater emphasis on the need for cost reduction.

     

     

    PetroChina to build 23 new natural gas storage facilities by 2030

    According to China Petroleum News, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) and relevant oil and gas enterprises gathered in Beijing on January 9 to discuss PetroChina’s 2019-2030 underground gas storage construction and deployment plan. There, the various parties signed an agreement that delegated responsibilities accordingly, and it was disclosed that PetroChina would expand ten natural gas storage projects and build 23 new ones by 2030. (The Paper)

    From the winter of 2017 to the spring of 2018, tight supply of natural gas in China raised concerns about insufficient domestic gas storage capacity. According to international standards, the working volume of underground gas storage must exceed 12% of consumption if dependence on natural gas reaches or exceeds 30%. In 2017, the country’s natural gas dependence was close to 40%, and in 2018 exceeded 40%, but its gas storage capacity was far from meeting the standards. China’s geological conditions pose the greatest challenge to building large-scale economical and efficient natural gas storage facilities.

     

     

    Shaanxi DRC releases direct electricity trading results

    The Shaanxi Development and Reform Commission (DRC) has released the results for the direct electricity trading between centralized heating users in Shaanxi Province during the winter of 2018-2019. On October 26, 2018, the committee organized 16 direct-transmission power generation enterprises, 33 power sales companies and 412 users to participate, resulting in a total electricity turnover of 1.05TWh (0.329TWh in 2018 and 0.676TWh in 2019).Within this number, 0.889TWh is attributed to industrial and commercial users, and 0.107TWh to other industries. The average transaction price for industrial and commercial users was 321.4CNY/MWh, making the average price difference from other industries 23.45CNY/MWh. (Shaanxi DRC)

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    Note that this list of participants is not exhaustive and represents only a small sample from the experiment. We present this table to demonstrate how thermal power plants are still the major players in direct electricity trading.

    As Azure had previously forecasted, while the direct power trading mechanisms introduced over the past few years were initially expected to have a positive impact in helping integrate clean energy, it is more likely that large coal power plants will continue to dominate the market in the beginning. As we can see from this experiment, the majority of direct electricity traded was still coal-generated electricity.

     

     

    Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV DC line starts operating

    On January 11, the Shanghai Temple-Shandong ±800kV UHV Direct Current (DC) project, conducted by State Grid Shandong Electric Power, successfully completed 168 hours of trial operation. The UHV DC line passes through Inner Mongolia, Shaanxi, Shanxi, Hebei, Henan and Shandong provinces over a total distance of 1,230km at a rated transmission capacity of 10GW. At present, only two UHV lines, in Weinan and Qingzhou, have a full-load transmission capacity as high as 20GW. (BJX)

     

     

    Jiangsu DRC approves 24 offshore wind power projects

    On December 28, 2018 the Jiangsu DRC approved 24 offshore wind power projects with a total installed capacity of 6,700MW and a total investment of 122.3 billion CNY. (Offshore wind)

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    The news comes right after the NEA’s announcement that projects approved in 2019 will be subject to competitive on-grid price bidding, and can be seen as local governments’ last-ditch attempts to obtain feed-in tariffs (FIT). The FIT price was not stated, so it is unknown whether or not these projects will actually be receiving them.