Singapore’s Sembcorp Industries is expanding its presence in the Chinese wind market with two projects with a combined capacity of 198 megawatts in Huanghua, Hebei province.
Sembcorp received approval from the Hebei Development and Reform Commission to set up a 150-MW project in Laoshibeihe, and started operating a 48-MW farm in Jiedijianhe.
Through its 49%-owned joint venture with Guohua Energy Investment Co, Sembcorp’s investments in the two farms bring its total wind power capacity in Huanghua to 297 megawatts.
Sembcorp expects to start construction of the US$222 million wind farm in Laoshibeihe this year. Sembcorp’s share of the equity investment will amount to US$33 million, which will be funded through a mix of internal and external borrowings. The project is expected to be completed by the second half of 2017.
The US$69 million wind farm in Jiedijianhe, which has begun supplying power to the Hebei South grid, comprises 24 sets of 2-MW turbines.
Sembcorp has a total of 446 megawatts wind power capacity in operation and under development in China.