Ørsted inks Taichung port agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 25/02/2020 Ørsted

Ørsted has signed of a wharf lease and a 20-year operations and maintenance (O&M) lease with the Port of Taichung, managed by Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) and TIPC Marine Construction. The wharfs at the Port of Taichung will be upgraded and utilised for the construction and operation of the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms from 2022.

The Port of Taichung has been selected as the most suitable operations & maintenance (O&M) base for these wind farms due to its proximity to the sites, water depth, wharf facilities and navigational access quality. Ørsted will invest in building the new and environmentally friendly O&M base to provide long-term operations and maintenance services for the wind farms.

In accordance with the construction timeline for
Greater Changhua 1 and 2a, Ørsted has begun the upgrade of the leased wharfs to be ready to store components, such as pin piles, towers and blades. The wharf lease with the Port of Taichung will cover the period during which Ørsted plans to install at least 1.82GW offshore wind capacity in Taiwan.

Port of Taichung Taiwan International Ports Corporation President Lu Chan-yu said “Ørsted’s investment in the Port of Taichung for supporting the construction and O&M of the Greater Changhua wind farms will help further develop industries related to offshore wind industry and create a lot of local jobs. Also, it enables the Port of Taichung to play an important role in the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. TIPC welcomes the Ørsted’s investment and look forwards to working together on furthering offshore wind industry development in Taiwan.”

Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia-Pacific, said: “The 20-year lease with the Port of Taichung shows our long-term commitment to fully developing and implementing in Changhua County. We want to ensure that we are well prepared for the continuing offshore wind development in Taiwan by upgrading the harbor infrastructure for construction and operations works. We also expect that during the O&M phase, our Greater Changhua wind farms will create several hundred local direct and indirect jobs with our contractors and suppliers. These efforts are a win-win situation for the development of the offshore wind industry and local communities.”

Andreas Munk-Janson, Head of Operations at Ørsted Asia-Pacific, elaborated: “Ørsted pioneers offshore wind in Taiwan by investing in the construction of a brand-new building, serving as the O&M base for our offshore wind farms. Once we’ve completed the construction of this building, the onshore-based O&M staff and management team will be stationed there to support the offshore-based O&M teams for these wind farms. Drawing on Ørsted’s extensive experience in operating offshore wind farms, the building design has been optimized to drive operational efficiency.”

The construction of the O&M building will begin in 2020, with expected inauguration in 2022. Designed by the MAA Group’s local firm, this building will be a green building with a gold rating from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), making it the flagship O&M center for Ørsted Asia Pacific. It will be constructed in accordance with similar European design principles and installed with green solutions, such as recycling of rainwater, maximal application of local green materials, solar panels and charging stations for electric cars and scooters. These efforts are in line with Ørsted’s decarbonisation programme and vision of creating a greener and more sustainable world.

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