The Taillevent vessel sailing with turbine towers on board

Taillevent Readies to Install Wind Turbines off Taiwan

Jan De Nul and Hitachi have issued a notice on the commencement of wind turbine installation works off the Taiwanese coast.

Taillevent/TWB II/Jan De Nul

The work will be carried out by Jan De Nul’s vessel Taillevent, which was reported earlier this year as having left the turbine installation at the German Trianel Windpark Borkum II for a project in Taiwan.

According to a Notice to Mariners from Jan De Nul and Hitachi from 13 July, the vessel will be installing a total of 21 offshore wind turbines at coordinates that pinpoint a site off Fangyuan in the Changhua county, Taiwan.

The wind turbine installation phase is marked as taking place from 15 July until 31 December, subject to weather conditions.

In April 2018, the Jan De Nul-Hitachi consortium was awarded a contract for Taiwan Power Company’s (TPC’s) 21-turbine Changhua Phase 1 offshore wind farm, located off the coast of Fangyuan and scheduled to be built by the end of this year.

Under the contract, Jan De Nul is responsible for the design, fabrication and installation of the foundations, the installation of the wind turbines, the supply and installation of the onshore and offshore cables, as well as for the upgrading of the substation. Hitachi is in charge of manufacturing, assembly, operation and maintenance, and other works related to the offshore wind turbines.

According to AIS data, Taillevent is currently in the Singapore port.

The 109.2 MW Changhua Phase I project will comprise 21 Hitachi 5.2 MW offshore wind turbines with a downwind rotor. 

The onshore cable installation, subcontracted to Taiwanese company Star Energy Corporation, started back in 2018 and offshore cabling activities began in June this year.

The project’s four-legged jacket foundations and their associated pin piles have been transported to Taiwan over the past couple of months.