With offshore windfarms with a capacity of 2 GW planned in the country, a leading developer has opened a representative office in Taiwan’s capital.
EnBW chief technical officer Dr Hans-Josef Zimmer said, “Taiwan is a strategically important market for us. That’s why we are very pleased to be advancing offshore wind projects from our own office in Taipei.”
EnBW is developing three offshore wind projects in Taiwan’s Changhua region together with Australian investor Macquarie Capital and the Taiwanese company Swancor Renewable.
Under way since 2018, the projects offer the potential to build windfarms with a total volume of up to 2 GW.
In order to do so, EnBW had acquired a 37.5% stake in the Formosa 3 project. The companies are currently preparing the projects for the third offshore auction wind in Taiwan, due to take place later this year.
EnBW Taiwan branch head Markus Wild said, “Taiwan is undergoing a major transformation of its energy sector. This makes Taiwan an important target market for us.”
EnBW has assembled an 11-member team in Taipei which will work closely with ENBW’s offshore office in Hamburg.
Taiwan wants to phase out nuclear energy as early as 2025. In the past it accounted for up to 20% of power generation in the country. Renewable energy, and offshore wind power in particular, are to be greatly expanded to make up for the resulting shortfall in generation.