SMC to support ChangFang and Xidao

In: Windfarms

Specialist Marine Consultants (SMC) are set to deliver a turnkey marine coordination package for construction of the
ChangFang and Xidao wind farms, including the provision of both experienced Marine Coordination specialists and local Taiwanese personnel.

The delivery of Marine Coordination services will commence in 2021 and continue for the duration of construction, with SMC supporting operations in-country and with additional remote support from the United Kingdom.

Ryan Colbeck, Senior Project Manager for Changfang and Xidao, commented: “The CFXD team and SMC have a long-established relationship and we are happy to have them onboard again for our next Project in Taiwan.

SMC have not only established themselves as industry leaders in Taiwan, but they have also committed to invest in recruitment and training of local personnel, who will no doubt become the Taiwanese Marine Coordinators of the future in years to come. We know that with SMC by our side, our offshore operations and transfers will be managed safely and with the utmost professionalism.”

Thomas Barkley, Marine Operations Manager at SMC, stated: “We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to again work on a project led by CIP. This contract represents our 8th Marine Coordination project in Taiwan, and we will bring forward all the lessons and experience we have gained from working in-country, as well as our 50+ strong Marine Coordination project portfolio in Europe, to ensure we deliver to the highest standards of safety and quality. We are excited to get to work and, in keeping with our commitments to local content and to empowering an offshore focused Taiwanese workforce, we look forward to recruiting and developing local professionals in support of our operations”.

ChangFang and Xidao project is expected to start commercial operations in Q1 2024. Engineering and pre-construction works are underway and the project is scheduled to be constructed in the period 2021-2023. It will consist of 62 MHI Vestas V174-9.5 MW wind turbines. Financial close was reached in February 2020.

ChangFang and Xidao project obtained grid allocation in 2018. It is owned by CIP, Taiwan Life Insurance Co., Ltd and TransGlobe Life.In 2019, the project entered into a 20-year PPA with the state-owned Taiwan Power Company. The project is expected to start commercial operations in Q1 2024.

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