Offshore wind power developer Taiya Renewable Energy announced today to be signing a MOU with Norwegian floating technology leader BW Ideol. The two companies will co-develop a 50MW floating demonstration project and a commercial-grade floating project in Taiwan.
This is not only the first project of floating demonstration wind farm developed by Taiwanese developers, but also the first time a global leader in key floating technology working with Taiwan, as well as participating in a floating wind farm project.
The platform of the project will adopt the verified Damping Pool® technology of BW Ideol, who will also provide the EPCI for platform design, engineering planning, construction, as well as maritime engineering and installation. BW Idol and Taiya Renewable Energy will work closely on the development, and provide cost competitive solutions for Taiwan’s offshore floating wind farms.
Ministry of Economic Affairs recently announced that the 100MW offshore floating demonstration wind farm is scheduled for developer selection next year. Taiya Renewable Energy and BW Ideol are confident to contribute to Taiwan’s offshore floating wind farms.
In addition to the demonstration wind farm, the MOU also included several commercial-scale floating wind farms that will be developed by the two parties. These wind farms have initiated EIA procedures in order to conform to the tender schedule. The actual content to the development of the demonstration and commercial projects will depend on the two parties’ coordination and responsibilities towards the final agreement.
Liu Di-yong, General Manager of Taiya Renewable Energy, commented that their local development team for renewable energy is advantageous in site selection for wind farms that are excellent in development conditions and small in environmental impact. Paul de la Guérivière, President of BW Ideol, commented that he is happy to see continuous growth in their projects around the world, and that the company will continue to adhere its dual-leg growth strategy pertaining to being the EPCI contractor and maintenance operator for floating wind farms, as well as a co-owner for the development of floating offshore wind power.
(Cover photo source: Taiya Renewable Energy)