Formosa 2 ramps up offshore construction with arrival of first set of foundation components
Taipei, July 22, 2020 - Formosa 2 offshore wind farm loaded-in the first set of foundation components, including pin piles, at Taichung Harbor, and is set to ramp up its offshore installation activities. The 188 pin-piles are key components for the four-legged jacket foundations that will support Formosa 2’s 47 8MW wind turbines. The pin-piles measure up to 78.9 meter in length and weigh up to 277 ton. The jacket foundations and wind turbines each weigh 1695 tons and 820 tons, respectively. Once complete, the wind farm will provide 376MW of green electricity and will generate enough power for over 380,000 households per year. Formosa 2 is located between 4 – 10km off the coast of Miaoli County in northwestern Taiwan.
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EPC Contractor Jan de Nul is responsible for delivery of the foundations, including pin piles, and offshore export cables for the Formosa 2 project. Jan de Nul will work alongside a team of Taiwanese sub-contractors, including Hunghua Construction Co Ltd who will transport the foundations to the site with other local companies including Taiwan International Ports Co. Ltd, Ta Jia International Co. Ltd, Jin An Logistics International Co. Ltd and Glory Shipping Agency Corporation.
Kimberly Cram, Formosa 2 Project Director and Managing Director, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, said, “Formosa 2, jointly developed by JERA, Macquarie’s Green Investment Group and Swancor Renewable Energy (SRE), is making good progress and we are pleased to have achieved this milestone as we further ramp up the offshore construction work. Formosa 2 is proud to be part of Taiwan’s renewable energy transition and to work with the local supply chain to strengthen the offshore wind industry. It is a great example of how international and local expertise can partner effectively together.”
It is of the utmost importance to support the safe delivery of the Formosa 2 project and mitigate potential adverse environmental impacts. Formosa 2 and its contractors will use industry leading equipment and methodologies to ensure the installation activities incorporate mitigation measures required by the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Formosa 2 is proud to support the local community. In June 2019, Formosa 2 paid NT$119 million of stamp duty in total to Miaoli County and continues to sponsor community events in Zhunan and Houlong. Formosa 2 also collaborates with National United University in Miaoli to cultivate the next generation of renewable energy talent through initiatives, including the offshore wind power professional’s program, research funding, scholarships, internships and conferences.