DEME secures contracts representing 1 GW for Hai Long wind farms in Taiwan
DEME Group has secured contracts representing 1 GW for the Taiwanese Hai Long wind farms. The scope of their contract with CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) and Hai Long Offshore Wind covers the transportation and installation for the foundations, turbines and offshore substation.
Hai Long Offshore Wind consists of Hai Long wind farms Numbers two and three. They are being developed by Northland Power, Yushan Energy and Mitsui & Co. The wind farm is located about 40 kilometres off Taiwanese coast in a water depth of 35 to 55 metres. In total, 73 wind turbines will be installed, generating an estimated 1,044 MW. Commissioning is due to start in 2025, while DEME’s pre-piling work is set to start in 2024.
CDWE was set up by CSBC and DEME Offshore to facilitate cooperation with European experts and to ensure the availability of foreign expertise. CDWE has also invested in a new installation vessel for this project, the ‘Green Jade’, designed for deep water work and challenging seabeds. It therefore has a 4,000-tonne main crane, DP3 and a high loading capacity.
Chen Wen-Lon, Chairman of CDWE, stated: “Taiwan has never really had a local marine engineering team in the past which is capable of building such a large-scale, complex wind farm, or a marine installation vessel like ‘Green Jade’. I am glad to see that the Hailong Wind Farm is entering the execution stage and that CDWE is able to participate in Taiwan’s energy transformation.”
Felipe Montero, Project Director of Hai Long said, “The collaboration with CDWE ensures the Hai Long project will benefit from a long-standing track record in marine engineering in offshore wind, while ensuring local content commitments are fulfilled. With Green Jade playing a central role in the delivery of the Hai Long project, CDWE and Hai Long demonstrate that the Taiwanese offshore wind supply chain is maturing. ”
Marco Kanaar, CEO of CDWE, comments: “Over the past three years we have been working closely together with the Hai Long team to overcome the many challenges of developing an offshore wind farm in Taiwan. The Hai Long project has been a key driver in our decision to invest in the pioneering installation vessel ‘Green Jade’ so we are thrilled to have reached this agreement on the transport & installation contract in which ‘Green Jade’ will play a major role. With all the thorough preparation over the past years we are confident that the project execution will be performed smoothly, and we are looking forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with the Hai Long team and together making this project a big success.”
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