One of the best known providers of technical maintenance to the wind energy industry has established a business in Taiwan following the award of a service contract for the Yunlin offshore windfarm.
Deutsche Windtechnik has been made responsible for a large part of the wind turbine maintenance requirements, above and below water, as well as technical management on the Taiwanese project.
In the medium term, the company’s newly-formed Taiwan offshoot will comprise about 25 personnel, most of whom will be Taiwanese, including service technicians, HSE managers, administrators and the crew of a crew transfer vessel built in Taiwan. The managing directors of the Taiwanese unit will be Carl Rasmus Richardsen, Hendrik Böschen and Jens Landwehr. The company's headquarters will be in Taiwan’s capital Taipei.
With capacity of 650-700 MW, Yunlin will be connected to the grid in 2020. German windfarm developer wpd AG is responsible for installation. Deutsche Windtechnik will be in charge of technical management, commercial management and a comprehensive QHSE plan. Its contractual responsibilities also include management and provision of logistics, maintenance for foundation structures including corrosion protection, and maintenance of substations and transition pieces. Taiwanese service technicians will be trained in Taiwan and at Deutsche Windtechnik’s training centre in Europe.
wpd has long experience of working with Deutsche Windtechnik, having worked together on the Butendiek and the Nordergründe offshore windfarms in Germany.
Mr Richardsen said, “The fact that we are setting up a branch office in Taiwan is an example of how the expertise we have gained in Germany and Europe is enabling us to accompany larger customers to countries where they want to continue to grow internationally.”