ExxonMo­bil launches oil-change ve­hi­cles for wind tur­bines

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS19 - By ZHENG XIN zhengxin@chi­nadaily.com.cn

ExxonMo­bil has launched a new oil-change ve­hi­cle for wind tur­bines that can be used in moun­tain roads, small ar­eas and wind farms in China’s south­ern re­gions.

The com­pany said the oil-change ve­hi­cles, in­tro­duced at the re­cent China Wind Power Ex­hi­bi­tion in Bei­jing, are part of ExxonMo­bil’s plans to ex­pand cov­er­age of Mo­bil wind turbine ser­vices in China and in line with wind farms in the coun­try mov­ing to the south­ern and east­ern re­gions, said Ng Wei Fang, deputy gen­eral man­ager of ExxonMo­bil China In­vest­ment Co Ltd.

China’s wind power de­vel­op­ment till now been mostly con­fined to the north­ern re­gions, whereas the gov­ern­ment plans to ac­cel­er­ate on­shore wind en­ergy re­sources in the mid-east­ern and south­ern parts of the coun­try over the next few years, with newly in­stalled and con­nected ca­pac­ity reach­ing more than 42 mil­lion kilo­watts by 2020 in these re­gions.

As part of the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) for wind power de­vel­op­ment, the to­tal cu­mu­la­tive in­stalled elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity from wind power is ex­pected to reach 210 mil­lion kW by 2020.

Eye­ing the op­por­tu­ni­ties for fu­ture de­vel­op­ment, Mo­bil plans to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with do­mes­tic turbine mak­ers and equip­ment builders, in­clud­ing Chi­nese wind turbine gen­er­a­tor maker Xin­jiang Gold­wind Science & Tech­nol­ogy Co Ltd, in prod­uct de­vel­op­ment, af­ter­mar­ket ser­vices pro­mo­tion and lu­bri­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Gold­wind and ExxonMo­bil signed a strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment in Septem­ber last year, un­der which ExxonMo­bil pro­vides its part­ners with lu­bri­ca­tion prod­ucts to en­sure safe and ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion of wind power equip­ment.

“ExxonMo­bil has been at the fore­front of de­vel­op­ments in the wind en­ergy sec­tor for over 30 years and we want to bring our ex­pe­ri­ences and most ad­vanced fa­cil­i­ties to Chi­has na to fur­ther tap the new en­ergy po­ten­tial and ad­dress the se­cu­rity prob­lems dur­ing oil change process,” said Ng.

An­a­lyst said the rapid growth of China’s power gen­er­a­tion in re­cent years in terms of ab­so­lute ca­pac­ity of­fered vast op­por­tu­ni­ties for turper­cent bine mak­ers and af­ter-ser­vice providers.

Wind power gen­er­a­tion in the coun­try rose to over 150,000 megawatts in 2016 from about 10 megawatts in 2006. China had 152 gW of grid-con­nected ca­pac­ity at the end of 2016 com­pared to about 131 gW at the end of 2015.

“We ex­pect con­tin­ued growth in new wind ca­pac­ity although the ab­so­lute an­nual rate of in­crease should re­main the same, on av­er­age 13 per­cent to 14 per­cent ev­ery year through 2025,” said Joseph Ja­co­belli, a se­nior an­a­lyst track­ing Asia util­i­ties at Bloomberg In­tel­li­gence.

“A base case sce­nario in­di­cates that wind power con­tri­bu­tion to to­tal gen­er­a­tion should rise from 4 or so in 2016 to 10 per­cent by 2040.”

Ac­cord­ing to Ja­co­belli, some of the chal­lenges that wind power gen­er­a­tion cur­rently faces in­clude the con­tin­ued high level of cur­tail­ment, ad­dress­ing the fund­ing of sub­si­dies and en­sur­ing that wind power does not dis­rupt sup­ply sta­bil­ity.

Au­thor­i­ties in China are mak­ing good progress in en­sur­ing that more out­put from ex­ist­ing pro­duc­tion fa­cil­i­ties is dis­patched, the set­ting up of a green cer­tifi­cates mar­ket and en­sur­ing bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion be­tween de­vel­op­ers and the pro­vin­cial plan­ners. Ja­co­belli be­lieves that most of the is­sues should not be re­garded as long term prob­lems, but more like teething aches.

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