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China Starts Building "Three Gorges in the Air", a 10 million-kw Wind Power Mega Project

BEIJING, Aug 8 (APP): Aiming to meet its ever growing need of electricity by utilizing alternative energy resource, China Saturday kicked of a mega project of 10 million‑kw wind power station in the far northwestern city of Jiuquan in Gansu Province. With 17.57 billion U.S. dollars investment, the station was designed to have an installed capacity of 5.16 million kw by the end of 2010 and 12.71 million kw by the end of 2015. It will be China’s largest wind power facility upon completion.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony of the project, the  Vice Minister Zhang Guobao of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) termed it as   “Three Gorges in the Air” and said that country’s wind power industry was entering into a new era.

Zhang who also heads the National Energy Administration  further said that after years of growth, China’s wind power installation ranked fourth in the world and subsidiary equipment manufacturing had turned into a booming industry.

The 10 million‑kw‑level wind power station, a “Three Gorges in the Air”, to help maximize wind power efficiency through large‑scale construction and transmission, Zhang said.

China’s installed wind power capacity topped 12.17 million kw at the end of last year, fourth in the world behind the United States, Germany and Spain.

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