Taiwan’s Formosa 1 offshore windfarm begins producing power

Gujjarlapudi Satish 10 September 2019 (Last Updated June 12th, 2020 12:23)

Danish power company Ørsted has announced the production of first power on the second phase of Formosa 1 offshore windfarm in Taiwan.

Taiwan’s Formosa 1 offshore windfarm begins producing power
JERA to buy stake in Formosa offshore windfarm from Macquarie. Credit: Ørsted A/S.

Danish power company Ørsted has announced the production of first power on the second phase of Formosa 1 offshore windfarm in Taiwan.

According to the project partner, the generation of clean renewable energy at the new wind turbines marks a major milestone in achieving the Taiwanese government’s goal of installing 5.7GW offshore wind by 2025.

Located in Chunan Town, Miaoli County on Taiwan’s northwestern coast, the second phase will see a total installation of 20 Siemens Gamesa 6MW offshore wind turbines.

The company has deployed ten of the 20 wind turbines, of which have six started generating power.

According to Ørsted, all the turbines are expected to be fully operational over the next two months. Prior to this, the wind turbines will be put through a power generation test.

Ørsted Asia-Pacific Formosa 1 chairman and president Matthias Bausenwein said: “First power from the second phase of Formosa 1 is a major milestone for the project before completion.

“An achievement by the Formosa 1 team and all our supply chain partners. Together with our joint venture partners, JERA, Macquarie Capital and Swancor, we’ll keep devoting our efforts to building Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm on time and within budget.

“Formosa 1 is committed to producing significant amounts of clean energy and contribute to Taiwan’s energy transition.”

Formosa 1 is owned by Ørsted (35%), Swancor Renewable (7.5%), JERA (32.5%) and Macquarie Capital (25%).

In April 2019 Ørsted agreed to make a final investment in the second phase of the Formosa 1.

The total power generation capacity for Formosa 1 wind farm is expected to be 128MW, which is capable of supplying clean renewable energy to 128,000 Taiwanese households.