Keppel O&M completes substations for Ørsted's Taiwan projects

Keppel Offshore & Marine Ltd (Keppel O&M) has completed the construction of two offshore substations for Ørsted which will be deployed at the Greater Changhua 1 and 2a offshore wind farms in Taiwan.

Keppel O&M completed the engineering, procurement, and construction for the two unmanned offshore wind farm 600 MW substations, which comprise the topside modules and jacket foundations.

The topside modules, which have a combined weight of more than 8,000 MT, are expected to sail away in late October 2021, to be installed on the jacket foundations on site standing in the Taiwan Straits. Keppel O&M completed the construction of the jacket foundations earlier in Q2 2021 and will be undertaking the installation work for the offshore substations.

Mr Chris Ong, CEO of Keppel O&M, said: “We are pleased to support Ørsted’s first full-scale offshore wind project in Asia with two major offshore substations. Working in close collaboration with Ørsted, we were able to devise win-win solutions to work around the constraints caused by the pandemic to ensure the safe completion of the project. This is the seventh major project completed by Keppel O&M this year and is testament to our engineering expertise, execution excellence and how we have adapted our operations to manage the challenges posed by COVID-19.  

“Keppel O&M’s pivot to renewables has gained traction, with S$1.3 billion worth of offshore wind projects secured over the past three years. We have the capabilities to develop solutions across the value chain of offshore renewables as well as undertake the R&D of other decarbonisation solutions such as hydrogen, ammonia, and electrification. This is in line with Keppel’s Vision 2030, which has put sustainability at the core of the Company’s strategy.”

After integration of the topside modules onto the jacket foundations, Keppel O&M will conduct testing of the substation systems within its scope.

Changhua 1 and 2a are located between 35 and 60 kilometres off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan and are being developed by Ørsted on behalf of project partners. They will consist of 111 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-67 DD offshore wind turbines, each with a capacity of 8 MW. The wind farms will have a combined capacity of approximately 900 MW, which is expected to be enough to supply around 1 million Taiwanese households with green power.

Wind turbine installation is expected to kick off next year with the project expected to come online in 2022. Works this year concern array and export cable installation as well as foundation installation across both site.

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