The joint venture CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) has initiated an early works contract for the first floating heavy lift and installation vessel to be built in Taiwan for the Taiwanese offshore wind market
CDWE, Taiwan’s first offshore wind EPCI contractor, was established in February 2019 by CSBC, the largest shipbuilder in Taiwan, and DEME Offshore.
To be named Green Jade, the vessel will be built at CSBC in Taiwan for delivery in 2022.
The partners in the JV have agreed to start preliminary work and order critical items of equipment for the new vessel.
Green Jade has already been assigned to two projects. In October 2019, CDWE signed Taiwan’s first comprehensive, large-scale balance of plant preferred supplier agreement for the Hai Long offshore wind project. The JV has also signed two contracts with Zhong Neng Wind Power Corporation for the Zhong Neng offshore windfarm project. These contracts are to transport and install the foundations, as well as a preferred bidder agreement to transport and install the wind turbines.
Green Jade will have a 4,000-tonne capacity crane and DP3 dynamic positioning capability. The vessel’s deck space has been maximised, enabling it to transport as many monopiles, jackets, wind turbine components and structures as possible in a single shipment.
The vessel can transport and install the next generation of foundations and new-generation wind turbines. At 216.5 m in length, Green Jade can also accommodate up to 160 people.
Environmental considerations are also an important element in the design of the vessel. Green Jade will have dual-fuel engines and will have a Green Passport and Clean Design notation. The ship will also have other environmental innovations, including a waste heat recovery system that converts heat from the exhaust gases and cooling water to electrical energy, in addition to various other fuel-saving measures.
DEME Offshore managing director Hugo Bouvy said the contracts awarded to the joint venture for the new vessel provide it with an extensive scope of work beyond the localisation requirements outlined by the Bureau of Energy in Taiwan, and would be ‘anchor projects’ until Taiwan’s Round 3 offshore wind projects commence.
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