GE Drivetrain Technologies, a unit of GE Transportation, and A-Power Energy Generation Systems have signed two letters of intent, one for GE Drivetrain Technologies to supply A-Power with 2.7MW wind turbine gearboxes and the second to establish a joint venture partnership for a wind turbine gearbox assembly plant in China.

Under the supply agreement, GE Drivetrain Technologies will supply A-Power with more than 900 2.7MW gearboxes beginning in 2010, according to GE.

The companies’ joint venture agreement creates a wind turbine gearbox assembly business that will be owned by GE Drivetrain Technologies and operate under the GE Transportation name.

GE said that the new assembly plant will bring multi-megawatt gearbox capacity to China and serve as GE Drivetrain Technologies’s Southeast Asia manufacturing center from which it will serve its customers in the region beginning in mid-2010.

Prescott Logan, business leader of GE Drivetrain Technologies, said: “We are excited about the opportunity to serve A-Power. The focus that A-Power has brought to building the wind turbine business, position A-Power well for success in China and the global market.”

GE Transportation, a unit of General Electric Company, is a supplier to the railroad, marine, drilling, mining and wind industries. GE provides freight and passenger locomotives, railway signaling and communications systems, information technology services, marine engines, motorized drive systems for mining trucks and drills, replacement parts and value added services.