The maritime infrastructure company Jan De Nul Group reached an important milestone on the Formosa 1 Phase 2 OWF project: all 20 foundation monopiles have left the EEW SPC yard in Germany onboard of two heavy load transport vessels.
Both vessels set sail to Taichung port, the marshalling harbour for the OWF project in Taiwan, said a press release from the Luxembourg-headquartered company.
"This transport is an important step in the procurement phase of this project. Now that these substantial components for the OWF construction are mobilized, the actual installation operations on site can be kicked off very soon," it said.
Apart from the overseas procurement and services, Jan De Nul Group has finalized various service and subcontract agreements with local entities in Taiwan.
After having appointed Taichung Port as marshalling harbour for the project, Jan De Nul set up its local supply chain, which includes quarry rock production for the foundation scour design, rock load-out operations, storage and transport of the foundation structures, installation of transition joint bays and land cables installation.
Philippe Hutse, Offshore Director at Jan De Nul Group: “Our local integration has been ongoing for years thanks to our various marine activities throughout the past years in the region. In the past months, we have signed several agreements with local suppliers for this project in Taiwan. These engagements fit perfectly in our philosophy of involving the local supply chain as much as possible.”
The Formosa 1 offshore wind farm is located 3 kilometers off the coast of Miaoli. Formosa 1 Phase 1 OWF contains two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines, the very first offshore turbines installed off Taiwan.
Formosa 1 Phase 2, the contract awarded to Jan De Nul Group, concerns the extension of the existing Formosa Phase 1 OWF adding twenty 6MW turbines with a total output of 120MW.
Jan De Nul’s scope entails the procurement and installation of the WTG foundations, including scour protection and cables. Construction will be completed in 2019.
The Formosa 1 Phase 2 Offshore Wind Farm is owned by Formosa I Wind Power Co. Ltd., a partnership of Ørsted A/S (35%), JERA (25%), Macquarie Capital (25%), and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd (15%).