The Japanese manufacturer of the turbines for the Changhua offshore windfarm in Taiwan has reached an agreement with the Changhua County Government to use its port facilities for the O&M phase of the project.
Hitachi has signed a memorandum of understanding with Changhua County Government to use Changhua Port as the O&M base for the circa 110-MW project. The agreement between the parties covers using the port, its facilities and land.
The Changhua offshore windfarm is to be constructed by Taiwan Power Company (TPC) off the coast of Fangyuan township, Changhua County in central western Taiwan. Hitachi earlier awarded a contract to Jan de Nul for installing 21 Hitachi 5.2-MW turbines.
A consortium of Jan De Nul and Hitachi has been conducting a seabed survey and geotechnical investigations in the area in which the windfarm will be built since May 2018. Hitachi will begin manufacturing the turbines in 2019. Installation of jacket foundations for the turbines will get under way in early 2020. The windfarm is due to be commissioned by the end of 2020.
Work on the O&M facility is due to be completed in mid-2020, with O&M services due to start September 2020.