WPD signs agreements for offshore wind farm in Taiwan

27 August 2020 (Last Updated August 27th, 2020 12:21)

Wind projects developer WPD has signed contracts with a group of contractors for its 350MW Guanyin offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

WPD signs agreements for offshore wind farm in Taiwan
MHI Vestas will deliver 36 turbines for the offshore wind farm, operated by WPD. Credit: Nicholas Doherty on Unsplash.

Wind projects developer WPD has signed contracts with a group of contractors for its 350MW Guanyin offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

The construction site lies off the coast of Taoyuan. Construction work will begin there once the Taiwanese Government issues any remaining permits. Commissioning of the Guanyin wind farm will begin in 2022.

WPD has executed the contract agreements with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, Formosa Heavy Industry, CTCI Machinery, Seaway Heavilift, Fred Olsen Windcarrier, CSBC Deme Wind Engineering, GE Taiwan and Deutsche Windtechnik.

WPD COO Achim Berge Olsen said: “We have fulfilled our promise to deliver the project. It is ready for construction and includes a very strong footprint of the local industry. For this, we are prepared to invest €1.7bn ($2.01bn) as soon as we receive the final confirmation by the Taiwanese authorities.

“The success of the projects in Taiwan is key for Taiwan’s role as a preferred market for investors and as hub for the region.”

For this project, MHI Vestas will deliver 36 of its V164 turbines. CS Wind Taiwan will manufacture tower for these locally.

Formosa Heavy Industry and CTCI Machinery will provide monopile foundation structures, set by Seaway Heavilift.

Fred Olsen Windcarrier has been contracted by the company for the installation of the wind turbines.

Taiwan-based China Ship Building Company and Belgian DEME Group operate joint venture CDWE, which will be responsible for laying the undersea cables. GE Taiwan will build an onshore substation to receive the cables.

Operations and maintenance contracts have been awarded to Deutsche Windtechnik. These include a locally-built crew transfer vessel.

In April this year, WPD increased its presence in Taiwan by signing a joint venture agreement with Taiwan Green Power.