DEME secures contracts representing 1 GW for Hai Long wind farms in Taiwan

DEME has secured contracts representing 1 GW for the Hai Long wind farms in Taiwan, following nearly three years of planning and preparation under a preferred bidder agreement, in a milestone deal between CSBC-DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) and Hai Long Offshore Wind.
DEME secures contracts representing 1 GW for Hai Long wind farms in Taiwan
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The large contract scope covers the transportation and installation for the foundations, turbines and offshore substation.

With pre-piling works set to start in 2024, 73 wind turbines will be installed, generating 1,044 MW in total. The Hai Long wind farm is located 40-50 kilometres from the coast of Taiwan in a water depth of 35-55 metres.

CDWE and Hai Long Offshore Wind have been working closely together since 2018 when the first auctions took place. In order to support the flourishing Taiwanese offshore wind sector, CDWE took the decision to invest in a pioneering new installation vessel – ‘Green Jade’. Equipped with a 4,000-tonne main crane, DP3 and an exceptionally high loading capacity, ‘Green Jade’ is designed for work in deeper waters and challenging seabed environments such as those found in Taiwan. CDWE was set up by Taiwan’s CSBC and DEME Offshore to facilitate co-operation with European experts and to ensure the availability of foreign expertise in Taiwan in the fields of project management, fleet management, installation techniques and marine works safety.

“Taiwan has never really had a local marine engineering team in the past which is capable of building such a large-scale, complex wind farm, or a marine installation vessel like ‘Green Jade’” said Chen Wen-Lon, Chairman of CDWE. “I am glad to see that the Hailong Wind Farm is entering the execution stage and that CDWE is able to participate in Taiwan’s energy transformation.”

Felipe Montero, Project Director of Hai Long, added that the collaboration with CDWE ensures the Hai Long project will benefit from a long-standing track record in marine engineering in offshore wind, while ensuring local content commitments are fulfilled.

“With Green Jade playing a central role in the delivery of the Hai Long project, CDWE and Hai Long demonstrate that the Taiwanese offshore wind supply chain is maturing” said Mr Montero.

Hai Long Offshore Wind consists of Hai Long No. 2 and No. 3 wind farms and is jointly developed by Northland Power Inc., Yushan Energy Pte. Ltd. and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. Commissioning is due to start in 2025.

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