Seajacks tapped for Taiwan turbine installation

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Seajacks International (Seajacks) has been awarded a contract with Ørsted Taiwan Limited for the transport and installation of wind turbine generators at the Greater Changhua 1 and Greater Changhua 2a projects in Taiwan. The two projects are being developed by Ørsted and will consist of 111 SG 8.0-67 DD offshore wind turbines.

The turbines are to be installed 35-50km off the Coast of Changhua County. Seajacks is planning to deploy
Seajacks Scylla to execute the works. The vessel was delivered in 2015 by Samsung Heavy Industries Co., Ltd and measures 139m in length. It crane has the capacity to lift 1500 tonnes.

This will be the third installation project for Seajacks in Taiwan. 
Seajacks Zaratan is currently installing wind turbines at Formosa 1 Phase 2. wind farm. Seajacks Scylla will be mobilised to the region to install wind turbines at the Formosa 2 wind farm from 2021.

Sebastian Brooke, Seajacks COO, said: “We are extremely pleased to enter into this contract with Ørsted Taiwan Limited. Seajacks has developed an effective and cooperative working relationship with Ørsted over the past ten years, and we are looking forward to delivering this technically challenging project efficiently and safely.

This contract is an important milestone for Seajacks and cements our commitment to Taiwan and the Asia Pacific region. Seajacks is pleased to be able to contribute its considerable knowledge and experience, as well as the most capable equipment, to developing these new markets and helping them meet ambitious targets for offshore wind.”

Ørsted is developing four offshore wind sites within the Greater Changhua site off Taiwan. With a potential 2.4GW capacity, the sites are expected to be capable of powering 2.8 million homes in Taiwan. It is also the co-owner of Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, Formosa 1, which will be extended from its current 8MW capacity to 128MW in 2019.

Ørsted is one of the biggest operators of offshore wind farms, with over 1,000 turbines in operation. Its operational portfolio totals around 5.6GW offshore wind capacity, with a further 4.3GW under construction. It aims to have installed a total offshore wind capacity of 15GW worldwide by 2025.

Taiwan holds strong potential for renewable energies, with its positive government outlook. After 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.

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