Boskalis Completes First Phase of Foundation Installation at Changfang and Xidao

Boskalis has completed the first phase of the foundation installation work on the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind project in Taiwan.

Ten three-legged jacket foundations and the accompanying pin piles were installed at the site in the first phase of the project.

The final seven jackets in this phase were transported from the Port of Taipei and installed at the site by Bokalift 2 which had joined the project recently after undergoing a conversion from a drillship into a DP2 crane vessel.

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The vessel’s next mission will be the installation of the remaining pin piles and 52 jackets for this project, Boskalis said.

Bokalift 2 installing jacket foundations at Changfang and Xidao. Source: Boskalis

In 2019, Boskalis announced the vessel would be deployed for the first time on the 589 MW Changfang and Xidao. As offshore construction at the project site started in early July 2021, the task was first handled by the company’s crane vessel Bokalift 1.

Earlier this month, the first of the wind farm’s 62 Vestas V174-9.5 MW wind turbines was installed at the site some 15 kilometres off the coast of Changhua County.

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Changfang and Xidao is owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), which holds the majority stake, and by two local life insurance companies, Taiwan Life Insurance, and TransGlobe Life Insurance.

Offshore construction at the project’s two sites started last year and is expected to be completed at the beginning of 2024, when the wind farms are scheduled to be fully commissioned.

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Photo: Boskalis