China’s offshore wind giant China Three Gorges (CTG) will soon start operating the country’s maiden floating wind project, with the completion of what is claimed to be the world’s first typhoon-resistant facility.

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The company is pioneering this technology at its 400-megawatt Yangxi Shapa III wind farm off the coast of Yangjiang City in Guangdong Province, with installation due to start as early as June.

CTG said this is the world’s first floating wind turbine able to operate in rough weather conditions such as typhoons.

On Thursday, CTG completed the installation and commissioning of a floating turbine with capacity of 5.5 MW, able to produce 5500 kilowatts of electricity per hour.

The turbine has been jointly developed by CTG and Ming Yang Smart Energy.

Celebration: CTG celebrates completion of China's first floating wind turbine Photo: CTG

The turbine’s wind wheel has a diameter of 158 metres, with the turbine to be mounted on a semi-submersible floating structure for deployment period of at least 25 years.

The semisub structure, built by Chinese yard Wison Offshore and Marine, will be linked to the seabed by multiple mooring lines and anchors.

Contracting sources said that Wison’s sub-structure will be towed to site in Yangjiang in early June to interface with the turbine.

CTG’s Yangxi Shapa III wind complex will also comprise 31 turbines — of the MySE6.45-180 design — mounted on fixed-bottom foundations.