DEME SECURES CONTRACTS REPRESENTING 1 GW FOR HAI LONG WIND FARMS IN TAIWAN
DEME has secured contracts representing 1 GW for the Hai Long wind farms in Taiwan. This milestone deal between CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) and Hai Long Offshore Wind follows nearly three years of planning and preparation under a preferred bidder agreement. The large contract scope (1) covers the transportation and installation for the foundations, turbines and offshore substation.
With pre-piling works set to start in 2024, 73 wind turbines will be installed, generating 1,044 MW in total. The Hai Long wind farm is located 40-50 km from the coast of Taiwan in a water depth of 35-55 m.
CDWE and Hai Long Offshore Wind have been working closely together since 2018 when the first auctions took place. In order to support the flourishing Taiwanese offshore wind sector, CDWE took the decision to invest in a pioneering new installation vessel – ‘Green Jade’. Equipped with a 4,000-tonne main crane, DP3 and an exceptionally high loading capacity, ‘Green Jade’ is designed for work in deeper waters and challenging seabed environments such as those found in Taiwan.
CDWE was set up by Taiwan’s CSBC and DEME Offshore to facilitate co-operation with European experts and to ensure the availability of foreign expertise in Taiwan in the fields of project management, fleet management, installation techniques and marine works safety.
Chen Wen-Lon, Chairman of CDWE, emphasises that Taiwan’s offshore wind industry continues to grow and thrive. “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.”
Hai Long Offshore Wind consists of Hai Long No. 2 and No. 3 wind farms and is jointly developed by Northland Power Inc., Yushan Energy Pte. Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Commissioning is due to start in 2025.