Hai Long signs contract with DEME for offshore wind project in Taiwan

WCN Editorial Team 23 Oct 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Hai Long Offshore Wind (OFW) Project has signed a balance of plant preferred supplier agreement (PSA) with CSBC DEME Wind Engineering (CDWE) to develop Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.

The Hai Long Project includes Canadian independent power producer Northland Power International (NPI), Yushan Energy and Mitsui, who have partnered for the development of the Hai Long 2 and 3 wind farms in zones 18 and 19 offshore Changhua, Taiwan.

CDWE is a joint venture between CSBC Corporation, Taiwan, and DEME Offshore.

The agreement with CDWE is for the balance of plant package of the Hai Long project and includes the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) of the foundations, inter array cables, export cables and transportation and installation of the turbines.

Hai Long and CDWE are claimed to have been working closely, right from the bidding stage. CDWE has also conducted a large-scale audit consultation of Taiwanese steel fabricators and marine engineering services in February to assess local capabilities and set up a local team under its direction.

Offshore installation works are expected to begin in 2023 using local materials and skills in constructing the Hai Long 2 and 3 offshore wind farms.

CDWE was established by CSBC and DEME Offshore in February to facilitate co-operation with European experts and to ensure the availability of foreign expertise in the fields of project management, fleet management, installation techniques and marine works safety in Taiwan.

CDWE chairman Robert Tseng claims that CDWE’s expertise will become a pillar for localisation and a driving force for Taiwanese marine engineering professionalism.

In May 2019, CDWE signed a wind turbine transport and installation contract with CIP’s Changfang-Xidao offshore wind farm.

The present EPCI agreement is expected to help realise an important step in localisation, as local content involved in the project could be maximised.

Robert Tseng said that such a large-scale balance of plant contract can be challenging, as the contractor must have expertise in marine works and project management and also the right vessels to complete the project.

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Image: Officials of Hai Long and CDWE at the signing of the contract. Photo: Courtesy of DEME.

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