GE records banner gigawatt-plus year for orders in China

GE records banner gigawatt-plus year for orders in China

GE is deepening its footprint in the difficult-to-penetrate Chinese wind power market, securing 1.2GW in turbine orders or “commitments” this year.

Among them is an order for 286 of the manufacturer’s 2.5-132 turbines for Huaneng’s 715MW Puyang Phase I and II wind farms in Henan that are scheduled for completion in 2020.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to partner again with Huaneng and HECIC in China, and grow our relationships in this critical region,” said Sheri Hickok, GE Renewable Energy’s chief executive for onshore wind.

“GE’s 2.5/2.7-132 turbine is ideal for China’s unique terrain, and with these wins, we are continuing to demonstrate our commitment to this important region.”

Western wind turbine makers traditionally have had difficulties to edge out more than a tiny fraction of the world’s largest wind power market, but GE has clung to its onshore manufacturing facilities in China and is increasingly successful selling to the local market. GE is also building its first factory for offshore wind in Asia in China.

GE says the 2.5/2.7-132 turbines were designed specifically for the unique low-wind needs of the Chinese wind regime.

The company didn’t provide detail about how much of the 1.2GW in capacity are firm orders, and how much preferred seller agreements.