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Formosa 2, a Taiwanese offshore wind farm with 376MW of capacity, has begun commercial operations, becoming the first Round 2 offshore project in the country to do so.

The wind farm is located between four and 10km off the coast of Miaoli County in the north-west of the country, next to Formosa 1, which has 128MW of capacity.

All 47 turbines powering the wind farm were installed in January this year, followed by full grid connection in March. Each of the turbines has 8MW of capacity.

The power generated from the wind farm will be sufficient to power nearly 380,000 Taiwanese households annually.

Operations and maintenance (O&M) facilities have been established in Taichung City and Taichung Port. The facilities include a state-of-the-art control centre with 24/7 monitoring and teams specialising in maintenance.

Formosa 2 project director Tiemen Maebe said: “Formosa 2 is proud to be the first Round 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan to achieve COD [commercial operation date], propelling Taiwan’s offshore wind development forward.

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“Our gratitude extends to shareholders, local and government partners, contractors, our financial partners and the entire project team. Formosa 2 is ready to generate clean energy and support Taiwan’s energy transition.”

The Formosa 2 offshore wind farm is owned by Japanese utility JERA, which owns 49%. Macquarie Asset Management’s Green Investment Group owns 26% and the remaining 25% is owned by Synera Renewable Energy.

JERA global renewable energy division head and managing executive officer Nathalie Oosterlinck said: “The achievement of commercial operations for Formosa 2 marks a significant milestone in Taiwan’s energy transition. Along this construction journey, JERA has demonstrated our unwavering commitment and has established a diverse and experienced team.

“Leveraging this strong foundation, we are not only providing clean energy to businesses and households in Taiwan through Formosa 1 and Formosa 2 but also ensuring their seamless and efficient operation. We would like to express our gratitude to all stakeholders who have supported us. We were able to achieve this result through great collaboration.”