Danish energy firm Ørsted has announced that the Greater Changhua 2a offshore wind farm in Taiwan has started energy generation.
With a total capacity of 900MW, Greater Changhua 1 & 2a is claimed to be the largest offshore wind asset in Taiwan.
Equipped with 111 Siemens Gamesa’s 8.0-167 DD wind turbines, Changhua 1 & 2a has the capacity to generate clean energy that can meet the requirements of a million Taiwanese households.
Ørsted Taiwan general manager Christy Wang said: “Delivering the first power as scheduled is a major milestone for both Ørsted and Taiwan.
“Since the 900MW capacity was first awarded to Ørsted in April 2018 through the grid allocation process, our team has spared no efforts to develop and construct Greater Changhua 1 & 2a and achieve first power only four years later.
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“This has not been an easy task, especially with the Covid-19 pandemic challenges during the past two years. We would like to express our sincere gratitude for all the support from government agencies, local and international suppliers, as well as local stakeholders.”
Ørsted said that the first power was generated as per the schedule and has been transmitted to its onshore substations via array cables, as well as offshore substations, and export cables.
It added that the green electricity was fed into the national grid via Taipower’s substation.
Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farm co-CEO Frida Persson said: “The successful generation of first power builds on Ørsted’s extensive offshore construction experience and a fantastic team effort.
“Leveraging our outstanding technical capabilities, we have overcome the challenges of the unique site conditions and weather in the Taiwan Strait.
“We are determined to complete construction this year, meeting all quality, health, safety, and environmental (QHSE) standards and fulfilling our environment impact assessment commitments.”
Ørsted further added that the construction works at the 900MW offshore facility will continue at ‘full speed’, with an objective finalise the construction by the end of this year.
In March last year, Ørsted began full-scale construction works at Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms.