Formosa reaches turbine finish line

In: Windfarms

Installation of the last turbines has been completed at
Phase 2 of the Formosa 1 wind farm. Located off the coast of Miaoli County, the project is first commercial scale offshore wind farm in Taiwanese waters.

Located off the coast of Miaoli in Northwest Taiwan, the  
Formosa 1 wind farm is a joint venture project of Orsted (35%), JERA (32.5%), Macquarie Capital (25%) and Swancor (7.5%). Marine contractor Jan De Nul is main contractor for the site and has been supporting its construction.

Phase 1
of the project saw the installation of two Siemens 4 MW demonstration turbines, which were installed in 2016. Phase 2 saw the addition of a further 20 Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SWT-6.0-154 turbines, with a total output of 120 MW. Phase 2 is expected to be operational in the coming months. With a total capacity of 128 MW, the project is expected to provide power for up to 128,000 households per year.

Taiwan is a hotbed of offshore wind energy activity with the government deciding to phase out nuclear power by 2025 with nuclear energy accounting for some 40% of power generation in the past. The Taiwanese government aims to make up for the resulting shortfall by expanding renewable energies, especially offshore wind power. The government aims to install 5.5GW of offshore wind power by 2025.

For more information on the Taiwanese offshore wind market overall,  
click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshore's Interactive map.

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