All 20 turbines have now been installed for Phase 2 of the Formosa 1 offshore wind project, Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore project
Offshore construction of Formosa 1 Phase 2 started in May 2019, with the first turbine installed on 24 July.
During the project, the Formosa 1 project team overcame challenges caused by four typhoons and other weather-related impacts and completed all turbine installation work early in October.
All of the wind turbines are now gradually entering the commissioning phase and the project is expected to reach commercial operation by the end of the year.
Ørsted Asia Pacific president and Formosa 1 chairman Matthias Bausenwein said, “The Formosa 1 project team and joint venture partners Ørsted, JERA, Macquarie Capital and Swancor faced various challenges in the past few months.
“Installation of the last wind turbine not only marks the completion of the construction work, but also symbolises that we now have built valuable construction experience in Taiwan. All Formosa 1 wind turbines will start powering soon, and then reach commercial operation by the end of the year.”
Installation work was carried out by three major subcontractors, including Jan De Nul (foundation and cable installation), Siemens Gamesa (turbine installation, operation and maintenance) and Fortune Electric (onshore electrical systems).
The Formosa 1 project is a joint venture between Ørsted (35%), JERA (32.5%), Macquarie Capital (25%), and Swancor Holdings (7.5%).