The Omatingga wind farm, recognized as the world's largest wind power project in an ultrahigh-altitude area, officially initiated operations on Monday in the Xizang autonomous region, as reported by China Media Group.
Situated in Nagchu at an elevation of 4,650 meters above sea level, the wind farm has the capacity to provide 200 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually to the city. Once fully connected to the grid, it is expected to meet the power requirements of over 200,000 residents.
The construction of the Omatingga project has set an example in advancing research, development, and application of high-altitude wind turbines, contributing to the large-scale development of high-altitude wind power initiatives.
Emphasizing the significance of launching the project on the first day of the new year, the staff, with expressions of joy, began their work early in the morning, underscoring the commitment to sustainable energy development.
Qin Min, an operator at the Xizang Nagchu Omatingga Wind Farm of the State Power Group, stated, “All wind turbines have been fully tested, and the primary equipment and collector lines inside the station have been energized.” Qin expressed anticipation for the full-capacity grid connection of the station.
In parallel, a 50-megawatt photovoltaic project in Lhokha, another city in the autonomous region, commenced operations on Sunday. Located in the Nedong district, this installation is the world's highest-altitude photovoltaic facility, expected to meet the daily electricity needs of nearly 4,000 households.
As China intensifies efforts in developing new energy sources in high-altitude regions, certain projects are exploring digital methods for efficient construction, smart operation, and maintenance. Utilizing a panoramic engineering information management system, these projects achieve digital control over the entire process, from construction to operation and maintenance, enhancing management capabilities.
The effective development of solar and wind energy resources in high-altitude regions not only provides residents with efficient power resources but also creates new employment and income opportunities for local communities. Sherab Sangmo, employed by the Xizang branch of China Huadian Corp, highlighted the positive impact, stating, “Our tuition and living expenses were covered by the company, and we were provided with one-on-one guidance to help us quickly master the required job skills and work independently.” She emphasized gaining relevant credentials and the ability to independently operate power plants after graduation.