Asia, Renewables, Wind

Final turbine installed at Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm

Formosa 1, Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm, has completed the installation of all twenty 6 MW wind turbines for phase 2 of the project.

The installation work was carried out by three major subcontractors, including JDN for foundation and cable installation; Siemens Gamesa for wind turbine installation, operation and maintenance; and Fortune Electric for onshore electrical systems. More than 100 experts participated in the Formosa 1 Phase 2 project team and construction team.

The offshore construction of Formosa 1 Phase 2 started in May 2019, and the first wind turbine was hoisted into position on 24 July. The Formosa 1 project team had to overcome challenges caused by four typhoons and other weather impacts however, was able to complete all turbine installation work in one week.

All the wind turbines are gradually entering the commissioning phase, and the project is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of the year. Upon completion, Formosa 1 will be able to supply 128,000 households with clean power.

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The Formosa 1 chairman, president of Ørsted Asia Pacific, Matthias Bausenwein, said: “The Formosa 1 project team and the joint venture partners, Ørsted, JERA, Macquarie Capital, and Swancor, have faced various challenges in the past few months. The installation of the last wind turbine not only marks the completion of the construction work, but also symbolizes that we now have built valuable construction experience in Taiwan. All Formosa 1 wind turbines will start powering soon, and then reach commercial operation by the end of the year. Formosa 1 will become a paradigm for Taiwan’s energy transition.”

The Formosa 1 project is a joint venture between Ørsted (35 per cent), JERA (32.5 per cent), Macquarie Capital (25 per cent), and Swancor Holdings (7.5 per cent).