GE Renewable Energy has announced that it will open a new offshore wind factory at Jieyang’s Offshore Wind cluster in the Chinese province of Guangdong and will establish a new Operation and Development Centre in the city of Guangzhou.
The new GE offshore wind factory in Jieyang targets growing Chinese demand for offshore wind energy and will serve domestic and regional projects.
Site construction is expected to begin at the end of this year and finish in 2021, and will start assembly production in the second half of 2021, GE said on 12 July.
GE’s offshore wind factory will be part of a dedicated offshore wind industrial park in Jieyang, which aims to develop an offshore wind cluster with a marshalling harbour and industry-related suppliers, to serve local and regional projects.
GE’s new Operation and Development Centre in Guangzhou will provide research and development and be the regional sales and project management office for GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind business.
John Lavelle, CEO of Offshore Wind at GE Renewable Energy, said: "China is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world, and according to Guangdong’s Offshore Development Master Plan, 66GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030.
GE says its Haliade-X 12MW turbine can generate up to 67GWh of gross annual energy production, providing enough clean energy to power 16,000 European households.
Image: GE says its Haliade-X 12MW is the world’s most powerful offshore wind turbine (GE)