China's first floating turbine installed

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 13/07/2021 4C Offshore
China's first typhoon resistant floating offshore wind turbine, named San Xia Yin Ling Hao, has been installed. It will be tested and commissioned over the next six months.

After being pre-assembled by Wison Offshore & Marine, the floating turbine was towed to from Maoming Port in Guangdong by four vessels. Two crane vessels, Hua Tian Long and Nan Tian Long, were used during installation.

The semi-submersible platform, developed by China Three Gorges Group (CTG), has an overall width of 91 metres, a depth of 32 metres, a design draught of 13.5 metres and a wind farm displacement of more than 13,000 tons. The platform has been connected to mooring lines which were installed back in June by Juli Sling Co. Ltd.

The turbine was developed by CTG and MingYang Smart Energy, with a unit capacity of 5.5 MW. It is located at the
CTGNE Yangjiang Shapa - phase III - floating demo site. It has been designed to withstand the sea conditions in the South China Sea, including typhoons.