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Foundations arrive for Formosa Phase 2

The first shipment of monopiles for Phase 2 of the Formosa I offshore wind farm have arrived at Taichung Port in Taiwan. The 20 monopiles left the EEW SPC yard in Germany on-board of two heavy load transport vessels in early April.

Formosa I is located 3km off the coast of Miaoli in North-West Taiwan . Phase 1 includes two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines which were installed in 2016. Phase 2 will add a further 20 SWT-6.0-154 turbines with a total output of 120MW.

Installation of the foundations is expected to start this month using
Seaway Yudin; the vessel arrived in Taichung in April. A contract for foundation procurement and installation was awarded to marine contractor Jan De Nul back in May 2018. Its scope also included scour protection and cable installation.

Turbine installation is to be carried out by UK-based wind turbine installation vessel operator Seajacks. The company secured the contract in May 2018 and is scheduled to begin work in the second quarter of 2019. They have deployed jack-up vessel
Seajacks Zaratan which is currently en route to Taichung aboard one of Boskalis heavy transportation vessel.

Formosa I is owned by Formosa I Wind Power Co. Ltd., a partnership of Ørsted A/S (35%), JERA (25%), Macquarie Capital (25%), and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd (15%). Phase 2 is expected to be operational by 2020 making it the first commercial-scale project in Taiwanese waters.

For more information on the Taiwanese offshore wind market overall,  
click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshores Interactive map.  

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