Construction of Chinese XXXL Monopile Facility Reaches Next Phase
CNOOD Wechong Heavy Industries (CWHI) has completed Phase I construction of its XXXL monopile facility in Qinzhou Port, Guangxi, China.
The new site will have an annual production capacity of 144 XXXL monopiles, which will have a maximum diameter of 15 metres and a maximum weight of 4,500 tonnes, delivered via eight offshore wind power XXXL monopile production lines.
According to the company, the production lines are part f the largest steel workshop structure in China at 370 metres long, 54 metres high, and 39 metres wide.
Full annual capacity will be reached upon completion of Phase 2 which is planned to be concluded in December.
Additional features include a 307-metre-long, 12-metre-deep quayside, capable of accommodating vessels up to and including 100,000-tonne ships, and an 86,000-square metre storage area with load bearing capacity of 20 tonnes per square metre.
According to a recent report from World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO), in 2022, 9.4 GW of offshore wind capacity was installed worldwide and China alone installed 6.8 GW of this.
The country’s top position in adding new offshore wind capacity will likely be preserved in 2023, the report outlines.
With 6.8 GW added in 2022, the country now has 26.5 GW in its waters and accounts for 44 per cent of the world’s total offshore wind capacity.
It is also worth mentioning that Mingyang and CSSC Haizhuang Wind Power, a subsidiary of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) have recently revealed that they are developing wind turbines with an individual capacity of 18 MW or more.
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NOTE: The original article has been amended.