Datang, Roaring 40s to start Jilin project
China Datang Corp, the nation's second-largest power producer, and a CLP Holdings associate are preparing to start construction of a A$600 million (HK$3.6 billion) wind power farm in Jilin, part of a larger project and their second in the province.
Datang and Roaring 40s, a Tasmania-based renewable energy developer equally owned by CLP and Tasmania Hydro, would begin construction of the 400-megawatt wind farm at Xiangyang next year, the first phase of a 1,000MW project, a Roaring 40s spokesman said.
Development of the project would proceed in two to three phases with the first phase costing A$600 million, he said.
The project comes hot on the heels of a Datang and Roaring 40s partnership in Shuangliao agreed on earlier this month.
Given its prolific wind resources all year round, Jilin tops the mainland's list of cities pursuing the use of sustainable energy sources as the country seeks to reduce pollutant emissions from power generation and coal consumption. Coal, the culprit behind air pollutants such as carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulates when burnt, made up 78 per cent of the mainland's energy sources in 2005.
Datang, the parent of H-share independent power producer Datang International Power Generation, aims to have 2,000MW of wind power generation assets by 2010.
The Xiangyang and Shuangliao projects were in inhabitable and degraded grassland, the spokesman said. The shareholding of the Xiangyang project was under discussion.
The Shuangliao project, owned 51 per cent by Datang and the rest by Roaring 40s, is a two-stage development of a 100MW wind farm at a cost of A$160 million. Following the recent commissioning of the first 50MW wind farm, the two firms signed an agreement this month to go ahead with the remaining 50MW development with completion set for December.