China Huaneng Group, one of the nation’s top five power conglomerates, will build a 500,000 kilowatt wind power-driven electricity generation plant in Inner Mongolia, lifting the company’s capacity in the province to one million kilowatts, the Shanghai Securities News
reported. Located in Tongliao city, the project will cost US$732.07 million (RMB5 billion), but no timetable has been set for completion. Construction will begin on the first US$73.21 million (RMB500 million) phase before the end of 2009 and the plant will have capacity to produce 50 million kilowatts a year when operational by 2010. Inner Mongolia is China’s richest in terms of wind power resources and is estimated to produce 150 million kilowatts in the long run.