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Work begins on Chinese wind farm

Construction work has begun on a 10 GW wind farm in China, as the country seeks to harness more of its power from clean sources.

The wind farm in Jiuquan in the northwest Gansu province is part of a plan by the world’s second-largest energy user to bring its total wind power capacity to 100 GW by 2020. China currently gets 12 GW of its energy from wind power.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) has plans to build six 10GWl wind farms in areas of the country which are best suited to harnessing wind power. Gansu, Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Hebei and Jiangsu are among the areas set to host bases.

Vice governor of Gansu Feng Jianshen said that the Jiuquan wind farm will be built in two phases. The first will involve 20 developers and will be completed by 2010. Chinese power firms Huaneng Power International and Datang International Power are among the developers, who also include six unnamed foreign firms.

The second phase`s construction will begin in 2010 and be open to foreign investment, confirmed Feng. The end of the project in 2020 will see Jiuquan`s wind power capacity jump by 20 GW from the current 660 MW.

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