Ørsted has signed a contract with CSBC Corporation for the manufacture of ”a significant number” of wind turbine foundation pin-piles for the first 900MW Greater Changhua projects in Taiwan.
This is the first offshore wind contract awarded to CSBC. The contract marks the beginning of a partnership between CSBC and Ørsted as CSBC will be included as one of the preferred suppliers for Ørsted’s future wind farm projects to be built in 2025.
Matthias Bausenwein, General Manager for Ørsted Asia-Pacific, said: “We will use Ørsted designed Jacket foundations which are tailored to meet the seabed conditions in Taiwan. Each foundation will be supported by three pin-piles that are driven into the seabed, forming a robust foundation structure to sustain the weight of the tower and wind turbine system. We are glad to have found a partner like CSBC, a company that has many years of experience in heavy industry and shipbuilding.”
For this contract, CSBC Corporation intends to invest in a new production line to manufacture the pin-piles. It will also utilise Kaohsiung Harbour as the heavy-lift terminal for the underwater pin-piles assembly and temporary storage. Each of them will be up to 90 meters long and the total steel weight for the order is more than 20,000 tons.
Earlier this month, Ørsted and Formosa Heavy Industries signed a contract for the manufacture of pin-piles for the two Greater Changhua projects.
The projects are scheduled to enter offshore construction in 2021.
Ørsted’s Greater Changhua project includes four sites located 35 to 60 kilometers off the Changhua coast. The total capacity is expected to be 2.4GW.
In April 2018, the developer secured rights to build two offshore wind farms off Changhua, the 605MW Changua 1 and the 295MW Changhua 2.
Ørsted subsequently won further 920MW capacity for its wind sites offshore Changhua County. The projects are scheduled to be built between 2021 and 2025.
Ørsted is also the co-owner of Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, Formosa 1, which will be extended from its current 8MW capacity to 128MW in 2019.