July 12 (Renewables Now) - GE Renewable Energy said Friday it will open a new offshore wind factory and an operation and development centre in China’s Guangdong province, seeking to take advantage of offshore wind growth in the region.
The new facility is to become part of a dedicated offshore wind industrial park in the city of Jieyang. GE said that an offshore wind cluster is to be developed there, complete with a marshalling harbour and industry-related suppliers to serve domestic and regional projects.
The Jieyang factory will solely supply offshore wind projects in the region, while the assembly site in Saint-Nazaire, France, will continue to support all other international markets.
The company expects to launch construction of the factory at the end of the year and have it completed in 2021. Assembly production is slated to begin in the second half of 2021.
GE will also set up a new operation and development centre in the city of Guangzhou to carry out research and development (R&D) activities, while also serving as the regional sales and project management office for the company’s offshore wind business.
“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,” GE Renewable Energy CEO of Offshore Wind John Lavelle said.