First steel cut for Hai Long foundations

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 17/01/2023 Hai Long Offshore Wind

Hai Long Offshore Wind Project and Samkang M&T Co., Ltd. held a ceremonial first cut of steel at Samkang's sub-assembly shop in Korea today (17 January 2023), marking a milestone of the Project’s manufacturing phase.

In August 2022, Hai Long and Samkang entered a Jackets Fabrication Contract, by which Samkang M&T will supply a total of 52 jacket foundations by December 2024. The jacket foundations exceed 93 meters in height and weigh well over 2,000 tons with all supporting equipment. These jackets will be the largest foundations implemented thus far in Taiwan’s offshore wind industry, supporting Siemens Gamesa's
SG 14-222 DD wind turbines.

According to the project timeline, the offshore installation will be carried out in 2024-2025, followed by commissioning and grid connection in 2025-2026.

During the ceremony, Hai Long EPCI Director Frank Spee pressed the start button of the plasma cutter together with Samkang CEO Seung Cheol Lee. This signifies the positive synergy to come in the next two years of the Project.

Spee said, "The first cut of steel for these jackets marks an important milestone for the Hai Long project, as it signals the start of a critically important fabrication workstream for our project. Starting the fabrication in line with our original manufacturing schedules is important for future success in project installation, and we look forward to seeing these jackets become a reality. I would like to thank our partner Samkang for their hard work so far and express our confidence in Samkang delivering these jackets on schedule, and to the quality- and safety standards the offshore wind industry requires."

Lee said: “We will take our steps during our journey with "full commitment to our environment” and we will pursue “a better future for all”.  In the workplace, we will have a smile, but we are truly spearheads and warriors fighting to stop global warming in our workplace.  We should all have pride in this.”

The Hai Long projects are located 50-70 km from the shore and includes three sites:
Hai Long 2A (300 MW), Hai Long 2B (232 MW) and Hai Long 3 (512 MW).  The three sites are being developed by Canadian independent power producer Northland Power International (NPI), Yushan Energy Pte Ltd and Mitsui. Construction is due to commence in 2024 and be completed by 2026.

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