Boost in offshore wind projects involvement

Ørsted announces final investment decision (FID) on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore windfarm. Credit: Nicholas Doherty/Unsplash

The final investment decision (FID) on the Changhua 1 and 2a offshore windfarms in Taiwan, has been announced by Ørsted Offshore, a Danish energy company. The company’s board of directors made the FID decision after the supply chain plan was approved by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs.

With about 900 MW capacity, the Changua 1 and 2a offshore windfarms will be situated 35–50 km off the coast of Changua county. The construction is expected to start in 2021 and 2022, and projected to generate enough clean energy to power one million Taiwanese households.

Ørsted Offshore executive vice-president and CEO Martin Neubert said, “Over the last couple of months, we have been working intensively to obtain the establishment permit, renegotiate contracts, get our supply chain plan approved and sign the power purchase agreement.”

This decision coincides with a contract being awarded to Fred Olsen Windcarrier, to transport and install 100 V164-9.5 MW wind turbines for the Moray East offshore wind project.

The Moray East offshore project, owned by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, is situated 22 km off the east coast of Scotland, with a total windfarm area estimated to be 295 km2. The Scottish Port of Invergordon has been selected as the pre-assembly harbour, while Fred Olsen Windcarrier will provide one of its Tern-class vessels to carry out the project.

Fred Olsen Windcarrier chief operating office Casper Toft said, “We have been working with MHI Vestas Offshore Wind on various offshore wind projects over the last years and in 2018 we installed more than 100 V164 turbines in the North Sea.”

In June 2018, Ørsted Offshore was awarded to build 920 MW wind farm in Taiwan through its Changhua 2b and 4 sites.