Fred Olsen Windcarrier Debuts in Taiwan
The offshore wind parks specialist Fred Olsen Windcarrier won its first major deal in the Asian market after being picked to install the 8MW Siemens (SIEMENS.NS) Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) turbines at the Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan.
Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilise one of its special purpose-built jack-up installation vessels in Europe during the spring of 2020 which will head to Asia to start working in this emerging market.
“This is a very exciting project as it is the first large transport and installation project in Asia for us. We are glad to have been picked by SGRE as a reliable partner for this new market. The contract will continue to strengthen our relationship with SGRE. We are looking forward to bringing our European experience and capabilities to the project, working with the local supply chain in Taiwan”, said Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.
“Taiwan is a strong developing market for SGRE, as such it is essential that we operate with partners who we are sure to bring the right team and the right assets for the job. We are confident that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will prove themselves with us again. We are looking forward to be working together again, this time for Yunlin”, says Russell Brice, Head of Marine Operations, SGRE Offshore.
For the Yunlin Offshore Windfarm, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier aims at engaging various local stakeholders in their scope of work. This may include ship agencies, installation port authorities, steel fabricators, engineering consultancies and R&D and education centres among others.
The Yunlin Offshore Windfarm (640 MW) is located approx. 6 kilometres off the southwest coast of Taiwan and will feature 80 SG 8.0-167 DD machines. Installation will be split into 2 phases which will be carried out in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
When finished, the Yunlin wind farm will supply power to more than 450.000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions with more than 916.000 tonnes per year.