EDS HV Group provides training for Formosa 1

by Tom Russell in Corporate 17/01/2020 EDS HV

EDS HV Group (EDS), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has completed electrical safety commissioning and consultancy work at the
Formosa 1 (Phase 2) offshore wind farm.

EDS’s safety rules were adapted and translated from English to Mandarin, before being applied to the offshore and onshore high voltage networks. Supported by a translator, EDS implemented a safe system of work and trained people under the new safety rules to various levels of authorisation, including control engineers, 161kV Senior Authorised Person's (SAPs) and 33kV Wind Turbine Generator SAPs.

David Orr, Operations Manager at EDS HV, said: “It has been a privilege for EDS to be involved in this landmark project – a major step in Taiwan’s renewable energy ambitions. The successful completion of our work scope is a credit to the EDS team involved, who faced many challenges throughout, including the language barrier, cultural barriers and the difficult climate in which we had to work.  Sharing our knowledge and experience and being able to train the local Taiwan operations and maintenance team will aid the operation and the sustainability of the site.

"From start to finish, the whole team and I have been taken aback by the friendliness and the welcome we have received. Thank you to them and to the Formosa 1 Team.”

Formosa 1 is located around 6 kilometres off the west coast of the Miaoli district in the Taiwan Strait, in water depths ranging between 15 and 30 metres, and was completed across two phases. The total power generation capacity for both phases is 128 MW, which is expected to meet the power demand of 128,000 households in Taiwan.

Phase 1
of the project consists of two Siemens 4 MW demonstration turbines, which were installed in 2016, making this the first offshore wind project in Taiwanese waters. The wind farm is owned by Formosa 1 Wind Power Co. Ltd., a partnership of Ørsted (35%), JERA (32.5%), Macquarie Capital (25%) and Swancor Holding (7.5%).

Phase 2
saw the addition of a further 20 Siemens Gamesa SWT-6.0-154 turbines, with a total output of 120 MW. Construction of Phase 2 began at the end of May 2019, with the first foundation and monopile installed by Seaway 7's heavy lift crane vessel Seaway Yudin. Jan De Nul's cable lay vessel Willem de Vlamingh supported that installation of array cable and export cable. Seajacks' jack-up installation Seajacks Zaratan was deployed for the installation of turbines which was completed on 9th October 2019.

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