The Chinese government has launched a "Ride the Wind" project to achieve 1,000 megawatts (MW) of installed power capacity by the end of the year 2000. The state planning commission has appointed Luoyang First Tractor Factory and Xian Aero Engine Company as local partners in this ambitious project, to avoid large scale import of equipment and to bring business to the local industries. Xian Aero Engine Company and Nordex Balke-Durr, Germany, approved and appointed as advanced wind turbine manufacturers, are expected to set up a joint venture in the country soon to realise projects, with an accumulated size of at least 200 MW, allocated by the Chinese government (Vatis Update , Vol 2, No 27).
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