Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farm

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Wind Farm Location: Miaoli county, Taiwan
Projected Capacity: 130 MW
WTG Model:  x Siemens SWT 4.0-120 + TBD
Commissioning Date: Beginning 2017  / 2019
Project Value: Confidential
Involvement: Technical/commercial Advisor:

  • Financial modelling
  • Turbine Procurement
  • Electrical Design
  • Installation Vessel Tender
  • O&M Strategy Development
  • Contract Negotiations
  • Interface Matrix
Cients: Swancor Renewable Energy ( Formosa I Wind Power Co.

Wind Power Plant description

The Formosa 1 Offshore Wind Farms is the first offshore wind farm installed in Taiwan. It is one of the first two projects that has been approved under the “Grand Scheme” of the Taiwanese government to promote offshore wind power. The project consists of two mandatory phases:
a demonstration phase with 2 wind turbines and the commercial phase. In total the project will be approximately 130MW of installed capacity. The turbines in Phase 1 and Phase 2 are not necessarily the same, however they will form one single offshore wind farm.

The site is approximately 10km from shore in Miaoli county, Taiwan, and thus has no offshore high voltage station. The power is directly lead from the wind turbines to the onshore transformer station.

November 2016, the installation of the first two Siemens SWT 4.0 wind turbines has been completed by Siemens, using the installation vessel Torben, which also performed the foundation installations.

A major challenge in Taiwan, was the absence of suitable wind turbine installation vessels in the immediate area and limitations to use vessels from China.

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Project Description

IX has been involved with the project since 2013. Initially the role was technical and commercial advisor on the wind turbines selection and tender. Following, IX was appointed advisor for:
Technology Evaluation / screening.

During the feasibility stage of the project, IX was involved with evaluating the various wind turbine technologies as well as screening potential installation vessel suppliers.