Iberdrola unveils 6 GW Taiwan plans

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 09/09/2021 Iberdrola
Iberdrola has announced three new offshore wind development projects in Taiwan, with a potential capacity of approximately 6 GW. The company stated that the new projects are primed for entry into the forthcoming 'Zonal Development' auction rounds.

The projects are named Da-Chung Bu Offshore Wind, Guo-Feng Offshore Wind and Ju-Dao Offshore Wind Farms and will be located in the county waters of Taichung, Changhua and Penghu on the west coast of Taiwan. Water depths are appropriate for both fixed bottom and floating offshore wind technology.

David Rowland, Iberdrola's Global Offshore Wind Development Director, said: “Taiwan's ambition for significant growth in offshore wind means we have been monitoring the market closely for a number of years, and actively working to develop these new projects for over a year. It is a positive trend to see countries around the world are embracing the huge potential of offshore wind and looking to build quickly and at scale. It is good news for the climate crisis and for the economy.

“From the detailed studies we have already completed, and the knowledge we have built about the capabilities of the supply chain in Taiwan, we are enthusiastic about the potential of these new projects.”

Iberdrola has worked with local consultants to select the project areas, refining the boundaries through assessment of data and stakeholder engagement. The company stated it will now continue to expand the stakeholder engagement effort and complete technical and environmental impact evaluations to ensure the projects continue to be developed with appropriate consideration of the local environment and communities. The company will establish a project office in Taipei.

Iberdroa has over 1,300 MW of offshore wind capacity installed, which includes
Wikinger, East Anglia ONE and West of Duddon Sands, and a further 2,600 MW under construction. Its projects are being progressed and developed in the UK, United States, Germany, France, Sweden, Japan, Poland, Denmark, Taiwan and Ireland.

To this end, the company has launched a investment plan of €150 billion over the next decade - €75 billion by 2025. These plans will allow the company to triple its renewable capacity and double network assets, maximising the opportunities of the energy revolution being delivered in the world's major economies.

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