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News Summary:

  • NEA requires cities to promote winter wind power heating
  • NEA releases second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects
  • Shandong shuts down four coalmines of 1.25 million ton annual capacity
  • Hebei promotes application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019
  • CGN and Huaneng Group sign strategic cooperation agreement

 

 

NEA requires cities to promote winter wind power heating

Following the winter clean heating plan for China’s northern regions (2017-2021) (NDRC), the National Energy Administration (NEA) requires that northern cities complete wind power heating development planning before June 2019. Meanwhile, it will implement corresponding investment subsidy policies for wind power clean heating projects. (NEA)

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This solution is being implemented gradually with several objectives: 1. provide an alternative revenue steam for wind farms suffering from heavy curtailment and 2. electrify heat supply in order to reduce the need for CHP plants which are among the key contributors to pollution in urban areas.

 

 

NEA releases second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects

The second batch of photovoltaic (PV) poverty alleviation projects of the “13th Five-Year Plan” will be carried out in 15 provinces (districts) and include 165 county PV poverty alleviation projects that comprise of 3,961 village-level PV power stations with a total installed capacity of 1.67GW. The target is to assist 301,773 households in poverty-stricken villages, and all projects should be operating before the end of 2019. (NEA)

Second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects distribution

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Shandong shuts down four coalmines of 1.62 million ton annual capacity

Regarding the decision-making and deployment of structural reforms on the power supply side, the Energy Administration of Shandong Province is working towards resolving and preventing overcapacity of coal-fired power generation by shutting down four coalmines that have constituted a capacity of 1.62 million tons in 2019. (SDNYJ)

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To put this in perspective, 1.62 million tons of coal allows to produce about 5,500 GWh of thermal power in a year. Closing down these mines thus creates space for roughly 2,800MW of new wind farms on the Shandong grid, where wind produces at an average of 1,971 utilization hours.

 

 

Hebei promotes the application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019

The lead department for the Development and Promotion of New Energy Vehicles in Hebei Province has proposed to promote the application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019 and increase the proportion of new energy vehicles used in the public service sector, such as logistics vehicles, school coaches, postal service vehicles, street cleaning vehicles, etc. The department will also support the pilot results of the promotion and application of new energy vehicles in Baoding City and promote the full roll out of new energy vehicles in the main vicinity of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (in the Zhangjiakou City administrative zone). (Hebei GOV)

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(Source:Diandong)

 

 

CGN and Huaneng Group sign strategic cooperation agreement

China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and Huaneng Group have signed a strategic cooperation agreement stating that the two sides will carry out specific cooperation in the fields of nuclear power, information technology development, nuclear fuel, finance and nuclear technology. (CGN)

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News Summary:

  • CWEA releases 2018 China wind power installed capacity report
  • NEA releases subsidy-free wind and PV projects development plan
  • China’s largest and heaviest offshore wind turbine jacket foundation completes lifting
  • Shanghai DRC releases FITs for third batch of 2018 projects
  • Xiong'an’s first UHV line project to be completed by end of April

 

 

CWEA releases 2018 China wind power installed capacity report

In 2018, China’s total installed capacity reached 209.53GW, of which 21.14GW were newly installed wind power, a 7.5% year-on-year (YOY) increase. Of more than 4GW of offshore wind total installed capacity, 1,655MW were newly installed, a 42.7% YOY increase. On the wind turbine manufacturer side, Goldwind’s newly installed capacity reached 6,707MW, constituting 31.7% of the total installed capacity. Following positions are held by Envision, Mingyang, United Power and Shanghai Electric, the five making up 75% of the sector’s newly installed capacity. (CWEA)

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NEA releases subsidy-free wind and PV projects development plan

The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released a development plan for subsidy-free wind and PV projects. The plan highlights:

  1. Prioritizing development of subsidy-free projects
  2. Prioritizing consumption of power generated by subsidy-free projects
  3. Encouraging approval of inactive projects converted to subsidy-free projects

(NEA)

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China’s largest and heaviest offshore wind turbine jacket foundation completes lifting

Contracted to deliver jacket foundations for the Yangjiang Nanpeng Island Offshore Wind Farm Project developed by China General Nuclear (CGN), CCCC Third Harbor Engineering has completed the lifting of the project’s first set of wind turbine jacket foundations last week. With a total weight of over 900 tons, it is the largest and heaviest offshore wind turbine jacket foundation in China so far. (BJX)

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Shanghai DRC releases FITs for third batch of 2018 projects

49 PV projects (including two full-scale PV power plants and 47 distributed PV projects, with a total of ~28MW) and 1,250 household PV projects ( with a total of ~9.5 MW) are eligible to receive feed-in tariffs (FITs) from the city’s Renewable Energy and New Energy Development Project Funds for five years. The FIT for PV projects has been raised from 0.25CNY/kWh to 0.55CNY/kWh, while the FIT for household PVs is 0.4CNY/kWh. (Shanghai DRC)

 

 

Xiong'an’s first UHV line project to be completed by end of April

The Beijing West-Shijiazhuang 1000kV UHV transmission line is the fourth UHV line in the southern power grid of Hebei Province and the first UHV line to serve Xiong'an. With a total length of 2 × 224km, this project will be of great significance to improving the security and stability of the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region and the northern China power grids, meeting the needs of Xiong'an New District's load growth and alleviating the power shortage in southern Hebei. (Xiong’an GOV)

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News Summary:

  • NDRC determines on-grid price for third generation nuclear power technology
  • NDRC approves transmission price of Guangdong project in Northwestern Yunnan
  • SPIC releases final 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results
  • CGN completes trial of 1,200-ton self-elevating offshore wind turbine installation platform
  • Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan power grid absorbs 33.3TWh of local clean energy in 2018

 

 

NDRC determines on-grid price for third generation nuclear power technology

In 2013, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Zhejiang DRC, Shangdong DRC and Guangdong DRC issued a notice that supports the introduction of technology to the first batch of nuclear power units in the provinces. Last week, in conjunction with the provinces’ support for the first three generations (AP1000) of nuclear power projects, the following trial prices of on-grid tariffs have been determined:

  1. Guangdong Taishan Phase I Nuclear Power Project: 0.4350 CNY/kWh
  2. Zhejiang Sanmen Phase I Nuclear Power Project: 0.4203 CNY/kWh
  3. Shandong Haiyang Phase I Nuclear Power Project: 0.4151 CNY/kWh
    (NDRC)

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Note:The FITs will be put into effect from the projects’ start date until the end of 2021.

 

 

NDRC approves transmission price of Guangdong project in Northwestern Yunnan

The transmission price of the DC project in Northwestern Yunnan has been approved at 0.092 CNY/kWh (including tax without line loss); the transmission price of the supporting AC project in Yunnan Province is 0.015 CNY/kWh. The transmission price is determined by income generated from CAPEX, which ultimately depends on the span of distance of the project. (NDRC)

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The starting point of the project is located in Dali Prefecture, Yunnan Province. The line runs through Yunnan, Guizhou, Guangxi and Guangdong Provinces, with its endpoint located in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province. With a total length of 1,928 kilometers, it is the longest transmission project of the Southern Power Grid. The project relies on a ±800 kV DC transmission technology with a transmission capacity of 5GW.

 

 

SPIC releases final 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results

Following the close of the recent bidding (refer to Azure’s earlier publication for more details on the bidding process) for SPIC’s 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project, the final results have been released last week: the project site will be located in Siziwangqi, Wulanchabu City, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region (IMAR), it will require a total investment of 42.544 billion CNY, occupy a planned area of 3,800 square kilometers and reach a construction scale of 6GW. (BJX)

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CGN completes trial of 1,200-ton self-elevating offshore wind turbine installation platform

This platform is currently the most advanced of wind power installation platforms in China, classified by the China Classification Society (CCS) as a 7MW and below offshore wind turbine installation. It has a total length of 94.5 meters, width of 43.3 meters and depth of 7.6 meters, a design draft of 4.7 meters, leg length of 91.5 meters and maximum working depth of 60 meters. (BJX)

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Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan power grid absorbs 33.3TWh of local clean energy in 2018

In 2018, total electricity consumption in the Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan region totaled 372.9TWh, a year-on-year (YOY) increase of 6.33%. Of that total consumption, on-grid electricity produced by local clean energy constituted 33.3TWh, a YOY increase of 13.8%. (BJ-PX)

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News Summary:

  • Guangdong DRC releases 2019 project construction plan
  • EDF enters China offshore wind market
  • More than 1,400MW of solar projects documented in Anhui but not included in national development plan
  • Huaneng Guanyun 300MW and Dafeng 100MW offshore WTG bidding result released
  • SPIC and Siemens sign Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement

 

 

Guangdong DRC releases 2019 construction project plan

In 2019, Guangdong Province will arrange 1,170 key projects, with a total investment of 5.93 trillion CNY to be divided annually at 650 billion CNY. There will be 628 preparatory projects for preliminary construction, with an estimated total investment of 3.18 trillion CNY. The plan includes more than 9,000MW of offshore wind projects. (Guangdong DRC)

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EDF enters China offshore wind market

EDF has signed a cooperation agreement with China Energy Investment Group to participate in the investment of Dongtai IV and V offshore wind power projects in Jiangsu Province. Dongtai IV has already begun construction, and Dongtai V will begin in 2019. Once the contract is in effect, the two parties will jointly build and operate the two projects. The projects will have an installed capacity of 500MW and will be put into operation batch by batch by 2021. (EDF CHINA)

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This project, which is the first foreign investment in a Chinese offshore wind farm, may be marking the beginning of a new trend, as China is opening up to foreign investment in a number of sectors. Azure is thankful to EDF for giving us the opportunity to support the due diligence on this ground breaking project.

 

 

More than 1,400MW of solar projects documented in Anhui but not included in national development plan

Following National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) requirements, Anhui DRC released a list of more than 1,400MW of solar projects that were documented in the local province but not included in the national development plan:

  1. Projects that have been filed but were not included in the national development plan and have not been constructed: 1,231MW (906MW of which have been filed for over two years)
  2. Projects that are under construction: 224MW

(Anhui DRC)

 

 

Huaneng Guanyun 300MW and Dafeng 100MW offshore WTG bidding result released

The Huaneng Guanyun 300MW and Dafeng 100MW offshore WTG bidding result has been released, with Goldwind taking the winning bid. (Huaneng)

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SPIC and Siemens sign Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement

State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) and Siemens have signed a Strategic Partnership Framework Agreement allowing the two sides to take advantage of their respective industries and resources, and cooperate in the fields of heavy-duty gas turbines, digitalization of power plants, hydrogen energy utilization, distributed energy, smart micro-grid, industrial upgrade and international gas turbine projects, in addition to frequent exchanges between senior management personnel. (SPIC)

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News Summary:

  • Newly installed solar capacity totals 44.26GW in 2018, a 34% YOY increase
  • NEA releases national power industry statistics for January and February
  • SPIC 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results released
  • New rules place time pressure on wind and solar projects to obtain power generation licenses
  • Zhejiang completes first offshore wind project

 

 

Newly installed solar capacity totals 44.26GW in 2018, a 34% YOY increase

By the end of 2018, China’s solar installed capacity totaled over 174.46GW. With 44.26GW of newly installed capacity, the country saw a 34% year-on-year (YOY) increase. For centralized solar, total installed capacity reached 123.84GW, of which 23.3GW were newly installed. For distributed solar, total installed capacity reached 50.61GW, of which 20.96GW were newly installed. (NEA)

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NEA releases national power industry statistics for January and February

From January to February 2019, national power consumption reached 1,106.3TWh, a two-month cumulative increase of 4.5%. Among the total amount, 11TWh of electricity was consumed by the agricultural sector, 705.9TWh by industrial, 199.4TWh by service and 189.9TWh by residential. As for newly installed power generation capacity, hydro totaled 270MW, thermal 5,480MW, nuclear 1,250MW and wind 1,410MW. (NEA)

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SPIC 6GW subsidy free onshore wind project WTG bidding results released

The bidding process for the first phase of the 6GW demonstration project of Wulanchabu Wind Power Base in Inner Mongolia, the largest single onshore wind farm in the world, and also the first subsidy free onshore wind farm in China, was closed on March 15. A total of 14 wind turbine manufacturers successfully completed the bidding, including 11 domestic and 3 foreign companies.

The 5 tenders are for subprojects:
a) No.1 of Xingfu wind farm and No.4 of Dabanliang (1,400MW)
b) No.2 of Xingfu wind farm and No.2 of Dabanliang (1,300MW)
c) No.1 and No.3 of Dabanliang (900MW)
d) No.1 and No.2 of Hongerge (1,300MW)
e) No.3 and No.4 of Hongerge (1,100MW)

(News QQ)

Note: Price includes quotation of operation, maintenance and quality insurance fees from the 6th to the 20th

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New rules place time pressure on wind and solar projects to obtain power generation licenses

The North China Energy Regulatory Bureau has released a notice of specifications for the new trial operation period of wind and solar power generation projects. The notice states that projects should complete the trial operation of all units within 60 days after the first generator is in place or after the first wholesale electric unit is connected to the grid, following the timeline specified in the document Circular No.351. The notice also states that power plants that do not obtain electricity business licenses on time and wind and solar power generation enterprises that fail to obtain certificates on time will not be allowed on-grid. (North China Energy Regulatory Bureau)

 

 

Zhejiang completes first offshore wind project

The Zhejiang Zhoushan Putuo 6# offshore wind farm was completed on March 19. With 63 units of 4.0MW offshore wind turbines, the project has a total installed capacity of 252MW. Built by CCCC Third Company, it is the first large-scale offshore wind project in Zhejiang Province. The project was completed in 27 months, beginning with piling of the first foundation on December 18, 2016. (CNNB)

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News Summary:

  • NEA releases 2018 wind power market evaluation results
  • Jilin adjusts “13th Five-Year Plan” energy development targets
  • Guangdong DRC terminates more than 2GW of wind projects
  • Shouhang Resources Saving Company 100MW photothermal power station on-grid price set to 1.15CNY/kWh
  • Henan to eliminate 1.5GW of coal-fired power units in 2019

 

NEA releases 2018 wind power market evaluation results

The National Energy Administration (NEA) has released the results of the monitoring and evaluation of market conditions for wind power generation in 2018. The results serve as an important basis for promoting continual optimization of wind construction and operation, guiding rational investment and promoting orderly development of the overall wind industry. (NEA)

l  In the "red regions", wind development and construction has been halted (including already approved projects for which construction is suspended)

l  In the "orange regions", construction of new wind projects has been terminated (No new construction projects have been reported for 2019)

l  In the "green regions" construction is being carried out normally

While the map below shows color codes on a provincial basis, some cities are treated differently, including Zhangjiakou, Chengde, Xinzhou, Suzhou, Datong and Yulin in Hebei, Shanxi and Shaanxi which are all considered as orange zones despite being in green provinces.

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Jilin adjusts its “13th Five-Year Plan” energy development targets

According to the new “13th Five-Year Plan”, Jilin’s total installed capacity is set to reach 41.9GW in 2020, an increased of 3.41GW from the previous draft of the “13th Five-Year Plan”.

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Map of 2018 wind curtailment conditions

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Guangdong DRC terminates more than 2GW of wind projects

Following National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) requirements, Guangdong DRC released the list of wind projects that are being terminated totaling 2,008MW, of which two are offshore:

  1. Projects that have been approved but have not been built within the project construction period: 187MW
  2. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 1,434MW
  3. Projects that have been incorporated into the annual construction plan during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period, but failed to be completed as required: 388MW

(Guangdong DRC)

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Shouhang Resources Saving Company 100MW photo-thermal power station on-grid price set to 1.15CNY/kWh

Shouhang Resources Saving Company and State Grid Gansu Provincial Electric Power Company have signed a contract for the purchase and sale of a 100MW photo-thermal power station. Approved by the government price department and in accordance with its regulations, the on-grid price of the CSP (concentrated solar power) project is tentatively set to 1.15CNY/kWh. (Sina finance)

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Henan to eliminate 1.5GW of coal-fired power units in 2019

The Implementation Plan of Atmospheric Pollution Prevention and Control in Henan Province has been released to strengthen the control of total coal consumption. The plan aims to contain the total coal consumption in the province at around 210 million tons in 2019, down about 5% year-on-year (YOY). It also aims to eliminate 1.5GW of coal-fired power units in Henan in 2019, and accelerate the development of wind power by promoting the construction of four 1000MW wind power bases. (Henan commerce)

Henan 70m-height 30-year average wind speed distribution map

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