Ten Taiwanese companies that are planning to become offshore wind sub-suppliers have been awarded funds to upgrade their offshore wind technologies by Ørsted and the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre (MIRDC), which is managing Ørsted’s Offshore Wind Industrial Development Fund (IDF) in Taiwan.
The companies will now kick off their research and development for the next 12 to 18 months. Two of the selected companies for technologies localization are from Changhua, where Ørsted is building a large-scale offshore wind project.
The Offshore Wind Industrial Development Fund is also sponsoring 92 local talents to receive high-level welding training as well as 80 other individuals to receive Global Wind Organization (GWO) safety training.
“Ørsted is committed to supporting our suppliers in order to ramp up their capabilities and overcome manufacturing challenges. As for talent cultivation, many of the 92 people to receive welding training are from the current suppliers of the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms”, Ørsted Taiwan General Manager Christy Wang.
“As to technologies localization, we have seen Taiwan companies demonstrate their research and development capabilities. The selected projects not only can help strengthen local manufacturing as well as operations and maintenance capabilities, but also meet the needs to further offshore wind development in Taiwan and lay a solid foundation for the country to grow into the Asia-Pacific offshore wind export center”, Christy Wang said.