640 MW Taiwanese Offshore Wind Farm Starts Delivering

The first of the 80 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines at the 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind farm has been connected to the Taiwanese grid and the feed-in has commenced, the project developer said.

Yunneng Wind Power
Source: Yunneng Wind Power

By the end of 2021, the Yunlin offshore wind farm is expected to have the first batch of wind turbines coming into operation, and will therefore be the first offshore wind farm in operation with local content, Yunneng Wind Power Co. Ltd. said.

The first turbine was installed at the 82 km² site in the Taiwan Strait located between 8 and 17 kilometers off the west coast of Taiwan in April 2021.

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The wind turbines are being installed by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Brave Tern in water depths from seven up to 35 metres. 

The electricity generated at the wind farm is fed into the grid via two onshore substations at Taixi and Sihu Townships respectively in Yunlin County.

Offshore construction at the site started with the installation of foundations, with the first monopile installed in December 2020.

The wind farm was initially planned to be fully commissioned by the end of 2021, but the timeline has subsequently been pushed to 2022.

Yunneng Wind Power is owned by wpd (25 per cent), TotalEnergies (23 per cent), EGCO Group (25 per cent), and a Sojitz Corp-led consortium (27 per cent) which also includes Chugoku Electric Power, Chudenko Corporation, Shikoku Electric Power, and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation.