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News Summary:

  • Wind project approvals halted for six northern provinces
  • 2016 IMAR power generation summary published by statistics bureau 
  •  Preliminary construction begins on biomass power plant in Guinea-Bissau




Wind: NEA Issues 2017 Wind Investment Monitoring and Warning Results
The NEA recently published monitoring and warning results for wind investment in 2017. Most important is the red-listing of six major wind producing provinces, which prevents project approvals for new wind power projects. The affected provinces are: Xinjiang, Gansu, Ningxia, Inner Mongolia, Jilin and Heilongjiang. The NEA document also encourages a greater and concentrated effort for wind investment in the greater Jing-Jin-Tang area, which borders the red-listed provinces. (NEA CN)

Map of Regions where Wind Power Project Approvals Are Halted (Red)

 

Source: Azure International, NEA

Authorities continue to struggle with high curtailment rates in many provinces due to significant installed capacity, low power demand, or transmission bottlenecks constraints. The red-listed provinces account for over 76 GW, 51% of total wind capacity in China. Individually, the affected provinces all experienced high levels of curtailment in 2016, with Inner Mongolia (21%), Jilin (30%), Heilongjiang (19%), Gansu (43%), Ningxia (13%), and Xinjiang (38%). The intent of the temporary ban on project approvals is to  push project development southward. The halt corroborates with the trend to push wind power development away from Northern areas and towards the South.



Statistics: Statistics Bureau Publishes 2016 IMAR Power Generation Summary
The Inner Mongolia Bureau of Statistics recently published a summary of power generation for the autonomous region in 2016. As of year end 2016, Inner Mongolia had an overall installed capacity of 110 GW, representing a yearly increase of 6.2%. Of the total 110 GW, thermal power accounted for 76 GW, wind 26 GW, and hydro 2.4 GW.  Total power generation was 380 TWh, while thermal was 331 TWh, wind 41 TWh, and hydro 1.7 TWh. (IMAR Statistics Bureau)

 

Source: Azure International, IMAR Statistics Bureau 

While Inner Mongolia was the national leader in terms of power generated from wind sources in 2016, at 46 TWh, 19% of the national total. However, Inner Mongolia also has the second highest total (21%, 12 TWh) of curtailed power in China



Biomass: China Begins Construction on Biomass Power Plant in Guinea-Bissau
The Guinean representative of Chinese company Shenyang Lan Sa Trading Co recently announced construction of a biomass power plant in Mansoa, central Guinea-Bissau. The 30 MW biomass plant will supply electricity to the capital city, Bissau. The plant will  be powered by waste from rice hulls, corn and other grains. (Macauhub)

While the total cost of the plant was not disclosed, the project also includes investment in local agriculture, in this case rice production, so as to provide fuel in the form of husk. The harvest from this particular project is expected to total 100,000 tonnes per year.

 


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