Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has secured a 295MW order for the Zhong Neng offshore wind project located off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.

The project is being developed jointly by China Steel Corporation (CSC) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

It will be equipped with 31 Vestas V174-9.5 MW turbines and will have the capacity to power 300,000 Taiwanese households a year.

Zhong Neng Project CEO Joris Hol said: “We are happy to enter the construction phase with our strong partner, Vestas.

“Driven by Zhong Neng Project’s strong dedication to local economic development, Vestas has made significant progress in setting up a strong local supply chain.

“We are confident we can deliver on Taiwan’s local supply chain ambitions, delivering quality components.”

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Vestas plans to begin delivering turbines for the project next year, with the wind farm expected to become operational in 2024.

The company said that the turbines will be manufactured locally and 19 components will be sourced from Taiwanese firms.

Wind turbine blades from Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology will be procured from its facility in Taichung Harbour.

In addition, Vestas will provide maintenance services for the wind turbines through a 15-year service agreement.

The latest contract is said to be the third signed between Vestas and CIP in Taiwan.

Vestas Taiwan vice-president and general manager Alex Robertson said: “With this latest project we continue to leverage our strong supply chain in Taiwan.

“Beyond our considerable investment in and development of the local supply chain, we are also building up our offshore service fleet, adding another long-term contract to our portfolio.”

Last October, Vestas announced plans to combine its businesses in China and the Asia-Pacific region into a single unit to cover the Greater Asia region.

The move was part of the company’s strategic alignment to meet the future demands of the energy market.