Jan De Nul Group based in Luxembourg, signs another important Offshore Wind Contract in Taiwan for the design, procurement and installation of the wind turbine foundations for the Formosa 1 (Phase 2) Offshore Wind Farm, owned by Formosa Wind Power Co., a partnership of Macquarie Capital Group Limited (50%), Ørsted AS (35%) and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd (15%). The scope also includes scour protection and cable installation.
The second phase will add 20 offshore wind turbines with a total capacity of 120MW to Formosa 1’s current 8MW capacity. Formosa 1, located off the coast of Chunan Town, Miaoli County, in North-West Taiwan, will be the first commercial-scale offshore wind farm in Taiwan before 2020.
This contract is signed just a few weeks after the Changhua OWF contract with Taiwan Power Company. Both projects are the first renewables contracts outside of Europe for Jan De Nul Group. “We build on our years of experience in Europe, with offshore wind projects in Belgium, England, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Germany,” says Peter De Pooter, Manager Offshore Renewables at Jan De Nul Group. “We are happy to be part of this new turn in Taiwan’s power generation strategy. Another ground breaking presence of Jan De Nul in Asia.”
Jan De Nul Group had its first project in Taiwan in 1995. Since 1999 the Group has been at work nonstop offering its services to the offshore oil and gas industry, as well as to the main Taiwanese ports (Taipei, Taichung, Kaoshiung and Mailiao). “Thanks to our strong and trustworthy presence throughout the past years in the region, we are able to sign this important contract today,” says Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Division at Jan De Nul Group. “We will continue, in cooperation with our client FOWI, to set up a local supply chain for the construction of the future OWF’s.”
The Formosa OWF in Taiwan is another major milestone towards the Government’s plans to phase out nuclear power plants and to install 5.5GW of offshore renewable energies by 2025. The contract, which is now awarded to Jan De Nul Group, concerns the extension of the existing Formosa Phase 1 OWF with an additional twenty 6MW turbines with a total output of 120MW. Construction will be completed in 2019.
Formosa 1 Phase 1 offshore wind farm, located 3 kilometers off the coast of Miaoli, contains two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines, the very first offshore turbines installed off Taiwan. (Source: Jan De Nul)