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Zhong Neng wind farm completes first turbine installation

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 14/05/2024 Energy Omni

China Steel Power Corporation announced that the first turbine of the Zhong Neng Offshore Wind Farm Project (Zhong Neng Wind Farm) has been successfully installed, marking a significant milestone towards the timely grid connection of the wind farm.

Zhong Neng Wind Farm, located off the coast of Changhua, plans to install a total of 31 Vestas V174-9.5MW offshore wind turbines. The completion owes to the concerted efforts of the Zhong Neng team, project shareholders China Steel Corporation and CIP, turbine transport and installation contractors CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE), Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, Vestas, and its subcontractors Shang-wei Investment, Tien Li Offshore Wind Technology, Yeong Guan Energy Technology, Fortune Electric, Walsin Lihwa, along with the dedicated contributions of local underwater foundation and construction suppliers Singda Marine Structure, CTCI Machinery, and CDWE, enabling the manufacturing and installation of all 31 underwater foundations for the wind farm to be completed in early March this year.

Hsi-Chin Wang, the Chairman of China Steel Corporation, remarked that Zhong Neng Wind Farm boasts the highest localization ratio among wind farms in Taiwan. Following grid connection, Zhong Neng Wind Farm is estimated to generate over 1.1 billion kWh annually, with an annual carbon reduction potential of 550,000 tons.

Joris Hol, CEO of Zhong Neng Wind Farm, expressed hopes to complete all offshore installation works in the third quarter of this year, achieving the goal of on-schedule grid connection.

Marina Hsu, Managing Director of CIP, noted that Zhong Neng Wind Farm will be another timely delivery milestone in Taiwan's offshore wind power history for CIP after Changfang & Xidao Offshore Wind Farms, while also shouldering the highest localization rate. The achievements accumulated by CIP in the potential sites of Phase 2 serve as the foundation for CIP's Phase 3 Zonal Development.

The Zhong Neng Wind Farm is located in the offshore area off Changhua, within the wind farm site No. 29 announced by the Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). It was selected by the MOEA in May 2018 and allocated a capacity of 300 MW. In January 2019, the wind farm obtained the Establishment Permit (EP), followed by the signing of the Offshore Wind Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) with Taipower in February of the same year. In November, it received approval from the Industrial Development Administration for an industrial-related review. After obtaining the Work Permit (WP) in 2023, various maritime engineering projects were gradually initiated, with plans to complete the grid connection by the end of 2024.

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