Heerema lands first offshore wind gig in Taiwan

Heerema Marine Contractors has signed a new contract to support the construction of the Changhua wind farm project in Taiwan. The job was assigned by the Taiwan branch of Jan de Nul and comprises of the installation of 21 4-legged jacket foundations. 

The Changhua Windfarm Phase 1 is a project of the Taiwan Power Company (TPC) and executed by a consortium of Jan de Nul and Hitachi. The installation will take place 8 kilometres off the coast of Changhua county, at a water depth of 18 to 28 meters.

The installation will be done by Heerema’s heavy lift vessel Aegir. The foundations must be able to withstand extreme Taiwanese circumstances such as earthquakes, typhoons and high waves.

CEO Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven of Heerema Marine Contractors is pleased with the new assignment. “This is our first contract in Taiwan, thus another major milestone. This Changhua project re-emphasizes Heerema’s commitment to operate in wind projects all over the world and strengthen our position in the Asian offshore wind market,” he says.

For Heerema, the offshore phase of this project will start in March 2020 with planned completion in early June of the same year.

The Taiwanese contract is the second offshore wind job the company landed in a short period of time. Just two weeks ago, Heerema announced that it is also contracted to help build the first commercial offshore wind farm in the United States, called The Vineyard Wind project. The construction of this wind farm will also commence in 2020 and includes the transport and installation of 84 foundations consisting of monopiles and transition pieces and appurtenant ESP platforms.

The scale increases in the offshore wind industry will be one of the key topics of the Project Cargo Summit, a two-day international conference about the transport of large and heavy cargoes, which is organised by Promedia Group on the 11th & 12th of September, 2019 in Rotterdam. For more information about this dedicated project cargo and heavy-lift event, please visit www.projectcargosummit.com.

Author: Tobias Pieffers

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