WFO Taiwan holds first offshore wind industry legal contract workshop

Today, the World Forum Offshore Wind (WFO) and the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) concluded the first three day Offshore Wind Industry Legal Contract Workshop for the Offshore Wind Industry in Taiwan. The workshop’s opening remarks were made by the Deputy Director General of Bureau of Standards, Metrology and Inspection (BSMI), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Dr. Han-Chang Hsieh.

the workshop’s aim was to increase the understanding of the typical contract types seen in the industry, and how they play out in practice. Legal experts from LCS & Partners, Beacon International Attorneys At Law, and Offshore Wind Industry experts from Northland Power, wpd, CDWE and James Fisher Renewables. The three-day workshop covered topics in the commonly seen industry contract such as Contract Structure Introduction, Disputes, Force Majeure & COVID-19, O&M, as well as practice experience exchanges. Upon completion of the workshop, those participants whom have attended all three days will receive a certificate of completion.

Mr. David Chiang, Representative of WFO in Taiwan, states that the significance of this workshop in collaboration with TIER as well as industry experts extends beyond to the immediate benefits of allowing the local industry supply chain to be more familiar with industry contracts in terms of legal or disputes. Workshop speakers also highlighted aspects such as the challenges of the correlation of the localization requirements which may be a hidden pain-point that may be overlooked.

Mr. Chung-Chun Hsu, the Associate Research Fellow and Team Leader of Division 1 at TIER states that the zonal development timeline at 2026 is approaching, and the question of if the probability of completion on time depends heavily on local supply chain, which has a strong connection to industry contracts. The aim of these industry workshops may strengthen domain knowhow, bridge local supply chain to international experts and provides incremental support to the development of the Offshore Wind Industry in Taiwan.

The three day Offshore Wind Industry Legal Contract Workshop concluded with 75.5% of registered candidates successfully completed the workshop with certification of completion. This indicated that the momentum of the Offshore Wind Industry supply chain is in synchronization with the development policy, however, with a genuine desire for more professional training. A reoccurring theme in the Taiwan offshore wind industry and one of ever growing importance.