Bureaucracy obstructing Chinese offshore wind initiatives

China‘s first government-backed offshore wind projects may need to be entirely redesigned after being held up for the last two years due to objections by maritime authorities.

Four wind farms were tendered in 2010 but none have begun construction, after the State Oceanic Administration and other government departments disputed the original locations of the projects awarded by the National Energy Administration (NEA).

Speaking at a conference in Shanghai, developers criticised the failure by government departments to co-ordinate the offshore wind farm approval process, and said it was still not clear when, or if, the projects would go ahead, reports Energy Business Review.

The location of Longyuan’s 200 MW project has been moved several times from its original site, chief engineer Yang Xiaosheng told Recharge in March.

The tenders, totalling 1 GW, were announced in September 2010 and under the rules, construction was required to start within two years.

Now, the project details may need to be entirely overhauled, says Li Junfeng, president of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.

“The locations have changed and, three years later, even the turbines have changed. Almost everything has changed, so you can’t imagine we can stick to the original plan,” he says.

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