UK offshore vessel company Seajacks has won a contract from Siemens Gamesa to install 20 wind turbines at the 120 MW Formosa 1 offshore windfarm in Taiwan.

The deal marks the first time the English company has won a renewables contract outside of Europe.

Seajacks’ 10,000-tonne jack-up vessel Zaratan will site all 20 of the 6 MW turbines in the Taiwan Strait, with the work scheduled to start in the second quarter of 2019.

“This exciting contract award announces the arrival of Seajacks as a global player in offshore windfarm installation and it builds on our years of experience in Europe,” said Seajacks chairman Soichi Inoue.

“It is also a very exciting time for Taiwan and we’re delighted to be playing a part in delivering the country’s first commercial-scale offshore windfarm.

“Zaratan has proven to be a tried and trusted platform for innovative projects like this in harsh environments. We’re looking forward to working in partnership with Siemens Gamesa and Formosa’s owners to bring offshore windpower to Taiwan and show once again what we can do.”

The Zaratan vessel is one of five which Seajacks is able to deploy to install and maintain offshore wind farms in harsh conditions. Between them the quintet of vessels have a track record of over 300 wind turbine installations.

Siemens Gamesa executive general manager for APAC Niels Steenberg said: “We welcome Seajacks bringing a suitable vessel to Taiwan as one of the first suppliers, relieving one of the bottlenecks for utility scale offshore wind in the region. We expect more to follow, now that the Taiwanese pipeline until 2024 is clear, creating a healthy and sustainable market.”

The Formosa 1 windfarm is owned by Macquarie Capital, Ørsted and Swancor and is located in around 30 metres of water, up to six kilometres off the coast of Miaoli County in northwest Taiwan.

The installation of the turbines marks the second phase of the project. Phase one featured two 4 MW demonstration turbines installed in 2016.

The installation contract is subject to a final investment decision and financial close, both of which are expected later this year.

Watch video of Seajacks work on Meerwind project.