DNV has penned an agreement to be the engineer for Taipower’s Changhua 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan. The agreement will bring in about $18 million to make the project a success. The project will demand DNV’s international and local teams to run it through the engineering reviews as well as marine coordination. The wind farm will eventually mature into what had been pictured by the proposals. Additionally, the project scope will include construction assurance, design review, and fabrication flexibility. The engineers will be expected to release a comprehensive design of 31-turbine facility before the wind farm becomes operational in the next four years.
The vice president of Taipower renewables, Tsao-Hua Hsu, stated that they started admiring and incorporating the works of DNV a few years ago. He added that they have taken up the rich culture and technical expertise of DNV, and they are hopeful that the partnership will help Taiwan depend on clean and green energy. The collaboration between these two organizations has revealed that they share objectives for the market. Additionally, the entities have proved that they want the local energy developers to grow and sustain the country’s demands. Taiwan is hopeful that the local energy developers can produce 20% of its electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.
The next four years will witness 5.7GW of energy coming from offshore wind farms and energy projects like the Changhua Phase 2 and Taipower’s earlier 109.2MW Changhua Phase 1. This success will prompt the government to go ahead with generating an additional 10GW of offshore wind for the next period. The chief advisor for renewables at DNV, Minghui Zhang, stated that they want to see the local developers in Taiwan and other areas project the risks for this exploit and help the local stakeholders to succeed in renewable energy strategy implementation. He added that collaborations with the local entities could phase out doubts in the local business market.
Zhang explained that the local energy developers should learn from global offshore wind farms developed and installed and the previous and ongoing port constructions to understand how they should proceed with their projects. He added that they could benchmark with countries like Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, where DNV’s teams run similar projects. This move would give them pointers where they need to make adjustments and restructure the infrastructure to meet the challenges that have deterred progress in wind energy exploration.