Keppel to build two offshore wind farm substations offshore Taiwan

WCN Editorial Team 13 May 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M) has secured a contract from Danish energy giant Ørsted to build two offshore wind farms substations to be located offshore Taiwan.

The substations worth more than SGD150m ($109.6m) will be deployed in Ørsted's Greater Changhua offshore wind sites in Taiwan, with a total potential capacity of 2.4GW.

The scope of the contract includes detailed engineering, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of two offshore wind farm 600MW substations. It excludes certain electrical components to be furnished by Ørsted.

Keppel's scope of work is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2021.

Keppel O&M Offshore executive director Tan Leong Peng said: “This project bears testament to the trust and confidence that industry frontrunners such as Ørsted have in Keppel O&M's expertise and experience.

We are glad to embark on this project for Ørsted, and are committed to ensure that the project is delivered safely, on time and to high customer satisfaction.”

“Offshore wind energy continues to gain traction around the world, and a large number of wind farms are under planning and construction.

“We have been able to leverage and extend our capabilities in offshore engineering and construction to provide services and solutions for this fast-growing adjacent sector, supporting the evolving needs of the energy industry.”

Taiwan has plans to achieve 5.5GW of installed capacity of offshore wind by 2025, and by 2030, plans to achieve a target of 10-17GW.

Recently, a consortium of Keppel, Aibel secured a contract from TenneT, a German and Dutch transmission systems operator, to develop 900MW offshore High Voltage Direct Current (HVDC) converter station and an onshore converter station for DolWin5. Keppel’s share of the contract is ($409.2m).

Scheduled to be completed in 2024, the two offshore converter stations will be part of the DolWin cluster which will be powered by offshore wind farms located in the German North Sea.

Swiss electrical equipment manufacturer ABB has been chosen as the supplier of offshore and onshore converter stations.

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Image: Ørsted selects Keppel to develop substations for Taiwanese offshore wind farms. Photo: Courtesy of Nicholas Doherty/Unsplash.

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