Canadian energy company Northland Power (Northland) has been awarded a contract by the Taiwan Bureau of Energy (BOE) to connect 300MW from the Hai Long 2 offshore wind farm to the nation’s grid.

The contract has been awarded to the Canadian energy firm under Taiwan’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) programme.

The Hai Long 2 offshore wind farm is jointly owned by Northland (60%) and its partner Yushan Energy (40%).

Northland CEO John Brace said: “Today’s announcement reflects Northland’s continued growth and leadership in the offshore wind sector.

“This is a great accomplishment for Northland and its partners.”

“This is a great accomplishment for Northland and its partners. We are proud to support Taiwan in their efforts to create a more sustainable future through the transition to renewable energy.”

Under the FIT programme, Northland Power will be responsible for connecting the offshore wind capacity to Taiwan’s grid in 2024.

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The allocation of the capacity to Northland Power is also expected to further advance the project’s ability to execute a 20-year power contract under Taiwan’s FIT regime.

The Hai Long 2 project obtained clearance from the environmental authorities earlier this year and advanced development works at the site are currently underway.

Northland and Yushan Energy are planning to complete the remaining regulatory and permit-related activities necessary to implement a power purchase agreement for Hai Long 2 later this year.

In 2015, the Taiwanese Government implemented a FIT programme with long-term contracts designed to introduce offshore wind projects in the region.