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Denmark to help build wind farm off the coast of China

Size and timing of the project yet to be decided, but Danish energy minister confident it will go ahead

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 05 September, 2017, 2:20pm

China will tap Denmark, home to some of the world’s largest offshore energy companies, to help it build a wind farm, Denmark’s energy minister said on Monday.

Speaking after meeting the head of China’s National Energy Administration, minister Lars Christian Lilleholt said that size, timing and suppliers for the wind farm had not yet been decided, but he was convinced it would be built.

China, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, plans to raise its non fossil fuel portion of primary energy consumption to 15 per cent from 12 per cent by 2020.

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Denmark is home to the world’s largest offshore wind farm developer DONG Energy and to wind turbine maker Vestas Wind Systems, which co-owns one of the leading offshore wind turbine makers, MHI Vestas, with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

China was looking at concrete locations for the wind farm in three different Chinese regions, but it was too early to reveal which regions, Lilleholt said.

China and Denmark also decided to co-build a test and demonstration centre for offshore wind power in China, he added.

National Energy Administration head Nur Bekri met Vestas chief executive Anders Runevad during his trip to Denmark, Lilleholt said.

Vestas and MHI Vestas did not immediately respond to request for comments.

DONG Energy also took part in Bekri’s programme during his trip, but the company said it was too early to say which role it may play in the planned offshore project.

The push for offshore wind in China has gained pace after it cut the guaranteed subsidised prices paid for onshore wind turbines by the turn of the year, but kept them for offshore turbines.

China has lagged far behind its target to boost the country’s offshore wind power capacity due to technical problems and high costs.

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“China is facing a giant task on green transition to live up to the Paris climate accord and it’s my clear perception that he [Bekri] is very interested in working with Denmark and Danish companies in this regard,” Lilleholt said.

Lilleholt will head a Danish export promotion tour to China next spring where he said he expected the leading Danish green technology companies to join.