JDR Reels In Formosa 1 Contract

UK-based JDR Cable Systems has been selected by Jan De Nul Group to manufacture and supply inter-array, export and land cables for Taiwan’s Formosa 1 development.

Formosa 1 is Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind farm and is being developed by Formosa Wind Power Co., a partnership of Macquarie Capital Group Limited (50%), Orsted AS (35%) and Swancor Renewable Energy Co. Ltd (15%).

Phase one of the development is already operational with two offshore wind turbines generating a capacity of 8MW. The next phase will add another 20 installations with a total capacity of 120MW.

Commencing production in the fourth quarter of 2018, JDR will deliver 21km of inter-array cable, 13km of export cable and a further 16km of land cable to transmit power from the shore to the local substation. The 33kV cables will be manufactured at JDR’s facility in Hartlepool, UK, before being shipped to Taiwan for installation by Jan De Nul. The project is targeted for completion in 2019.

Richard Turner, Chief Executive Officer at JDR, said: “Our customers are our partners – we work collaboratively to deliver reliable solutions for even the most challenging projects. Jan De Nul is an established offshore installation contractor with over 20 years’ experience in Taiwan, so we’re thrilled to be working with them to deliver our first project there.”

JDR will also provide 26 offshore and 8 onshore technicians to provide cable installation support, cable accessory fitment and post-installation testing services, and will supply a range of accessories including the cable protection systems.

Jan De Nul is in charge of the design, procurement and installation of the wind turbine foundations, scour protection and cable installation on Formosa 1 Phase 2.

Wouter Vermeersch, Manager Offshore Cables at Jan De Nul Group, said: “We needed a strong partner with a proven track record for manufacturing and supplying subsea and land cables. Every element of this project requires quality at every stage and delivery on time.”

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