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GE Renewable Energy has taken a big step forward in achieving its aspirations in the Chinese energy market, with the announcement of a new operations and development office in the city of Guangzhou, and a new offshore wind facility in the province of Guangdong.

GE Renewable Energy’s offshore wind chief executive John Lavelle posted that China “is poised to become one of the largest offshore wind markets in the world” adding that the new facilities “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”.

Construction of the Guangzhou office is expected to start late in 2019, and be complete by 2021. Offshore wind turbine assembly production will begin later that year.

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Lavelle added that according to Guangdong’s Offshore Development Master Plan, “66 GW will come from the Guangdong region alone towards 2030”.

Rachel Duan, president of GE’s Global Growth Markets division, said: “As one of China’s strategic offshore wind development centers and a key growth region for GE in China, Guangdong is an ideal place to develop our offshore wind business.

She said that 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”.