GE plans offshore wind factory and development centre in China

WCN Editorial Team 15 Jul 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

GE Renewable Energy has announced plans for a new offshore wind factory as well as an operation and development centre in Guangdong province, China, to meet the growing demand for global offshore wind energy.

The new factory will be equipped to help GE Renewable Energy to serve the increasing offshore wind demand in the region and China.

Construction on GE’s new offshore wind factory in Jieyang is planned to commence at the end of 2019 and be completed in 2021.

Assembly production at the site is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2021, GE said.

GE Renewable Energy Offshore Wind CEO John Lavelle said: “China is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world, and according to Guangdong’s Offshore Development Master Plan, 66 GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030.

“Our new factory in Jieyang and the Operation & Development Center in Guangzhou will put us in a better position to meet our customer’s demands in this fast-growing industry, while contributing to meet China’s growing offshore wind ambitions.”

The new offshore wind factory will form part of Jieyang’s Offshore Wind cluster, which aims to develop an offshore wind cluster with a marshalling harbour and industry-related suppliers.

Serving as regional sales and project management office for GE Renewable Energy’s Offshore Wind business, the GE’s new operation and development centre will undertake research and development activities which will focus on regional needs.

Additionally, the site will help customers in optimising project costs, training, data management and operation and maintenance services.

GE Global growth markets president and CEO Rachel Duan said: “GE’s investments in Guangdong will bring together advanced manufacturing, operations and development, services and digital applications, together with relevant suppliers, to form an offshore wind business ecosystem that closely and effectively serves the needs of customers in China and the rest of Asia, while pushing forward China’s clean energy ambitions.”


Image: Rendering of GE’s new offshore wind factory and development centre in China. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.

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