Construction on Yunlin Offshore Wind Farm Resumes

Works on the construction of the Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan have now resumed, following a winter break, with monopile installation starting up again.

Brave Tern installing the first Yunlin wind turbine; Source: Yunneng Wind Power

As reported earlier this month, National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) will install the remaining monopiles on the offshore wind farm, replacing Sapura Energy which abandoned the project earlier this year, citing delays in the execution as the main reason.

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NPCC will deploy its flagship offshore installation vessel DLS 4200 on the project which, according to the vessel’s AIS data, left Abu Dhabi late last night (28 April).

Yunneng Wind Power, the owner and developer of the 640 MW project, has also hired Havfram for Project Management and Owners Engineer Services within the foundation installation package.

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While the monopile installation is set to restart and Boskalis already commenced with scour protection and subsea works, Jumbo is also getting ready to continue the installation of the transition pieces soon.

The project’s wind turbine supplier Siemens Gamesa and cable installation contractor Seaway 7 are also preparing to start their respective construction campaigns at the project site in the Taiwan Strait, some eight kilometres west of the coast of Yunlin County.

“During the winter break Yunneng focused their efforts on completing the remainder of the installation campaign taking into account many challenges encountered which were overcome through the efforts of all parties concerned. This has led to Yunneng’s confidence of seeing steady progress in 2022”, said Yunneng’s chairperson Yuni Wang. “Thanks to our project management team and our reliable partners, we will successfully bring the Yunlin project towards completion”.

The Yunlin wind farm, which will comprise 80 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW wind turbines, 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.

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