Orsted held a completion and opening ceremony for its "Orsted Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Operation and Maintenance Center" in Taichung Harbor today (8/2), which is the first offshore wind power O&M building in the Asia-Pacific region with sustainable design and multiple green solutions and the O&M facility with capacity and widest area in Asia-Pacific. In the future, it will be responsible for all the O&M of the four wind farms in the Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Farm Zone with a total capacity of 2.4 GW.
As early as 2018, Orsted launched O&M deployment for offshore wind farms in Taiwan and is the only wind farm operator that has introduced comprehensive O&M. In addition, in order to cultivate local O&M engineers and teams and building the world's first customized Taiwanese service operation vessel (SOV), it also invested in the construction of a new world-class O&M center, responsible for the O&M of a wind farm life cycle of at least 20-30 years.
▲turbine components of the Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Farm
Shen Jong-chin, Vice Premier of the Executive Yuan, said that Taiwan attaches great importance to the O&M opened by Orsted today, which represents the next important milestone for offshore wind power in Taiwan. As you can see just after entering the port area, there are blades, nacelles, and industrial settlements related to offshore wind power everywhere, which can be said to have brought new industrial opportunities to Central Taiwan.
Mads Nipper, CEO of Orsted, said that Taiwan is Orsted’s first market in the Asia-Pacific region and is also the location of Orsted’s Asia-Pacific operating headquarters. Orsted is making every effort to build the first phase of offshore wind farms in the southeast and southwest of Greater Changhua, making a significant contribution to Taiwan's energy transition. The "Orsted Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm O&M Center" opened today is the first Orsted O&M center outside Europe and it is also an indicator investment in the Taiwan market. It demonstrates Orsted’s long-term commitment to Taiwan and the implementation of our Corporate Vision: To create a world that operates entirely with green energy.
"Orsted Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm O&M Center" is built according to the global operation and maintenance standards of Orsted. It is responsible for monitoring the operation of offshore wind farms, ensuring the operation status and clean power output efficiency, and ensuring the safety of O&M engineers and teams on wind farms. The building uses a large number of locally produced green and energy-saving building materials to reduce its carbon footprint, assisting Orsted to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality in corporate operations and energy production business by 2025, and also to meet US Green Building Council Energy and Environmental Design Leadership Certification (EED).