Danish energy company Ørsted has secured a contract from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs to connect 900MW offshore wind capacity to the country’s power grid.
The project was awarded to Ørsted by Taiwanese officials after a thorough and comprehensive grid allocation process.
Under the deal, Ørsted will be responsible for connecting the 605MW Changhua 1 and the 295MW Changhua 2 to the grid in 2021.
It would be the first large-scale commercial offshore wind project for Ørsted in Changhua, under which the Danish company will be connecting 900MW into the region’s total available grid capacity of 1,000MW in 2021.
Ørsted Asia-Pacific general manager Matthias Bausenwein said: “We’re honoured by the grid allocation results announced today. Ørsted is fully committed to delivering world-class wind power plants for Taiwan on time to accompany the ambitious green energy targets in Taiwan.
“We’ll collaborate closely with central and local governments, and, as outlined in our grid application, we’re determined to build up the local supply chain, engage in local communities and transfer knowledge to Taiwan while developing local talent.”
The Danish firm intends to obtain an establishment permit and secure a feed-in-tariff by signing a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taipower.
Ørsted Wind Power executive vice-president and CEO Martin Neubert said: “This is a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We’re proud to be trusted with this important and large assignment, which will be a landmark in Taiwan’s ambitious transition to renewable energy.”