Ørsted receives EIA approvals for four offshore wind projects in Taiwan.

After a comprehensive review process, The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) has approved the EIAs for Ørsted four Greater Changhua projects.

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has concluded the review process and approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Ørsted four offshore wind projects located off Changhua County in Taiwan.

With the EIA approvals, Ørsted have secured exclusivity over the development of these four sites. The total capacity of the four wind farms, which will be located between 35 and 60 km from shore, is expected to be 2.4 GW.

”Today’s approvals mark an important milestone for our expansion in Asia and the realization of Taiwan’s ambitious energy targets”, said Martin Neubert, CEO of Wind Power, Ørsted.

In 2017 Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) review panel gave a recommended approval of the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for Ørsted’s four offshore wind sites off Changhua.

While awaiting the final approval by the EIA General Assembly the company has started the preparations to secure the corresponding grid capacity and obtain the establishment permit by the end of 2019 at the latest.

Also in 2017 Ørsted signed the first MoU with Century Wind Power (CWP), a subsidiary of Century Iron & Steel Industrial, to collaborate on turbine foundation manufacturing for the projects, while the second MoU, signed with China Steel Corporation (CSC), includes the two companies working to ensure CSC’s production lines are ready in 2020 to manufacture and assemble underwater foundation substructures, with the aim to deliver the substructures to the Greater Changhua projects from 2021.

The Greater Changhua offshore wind project includes four sites located 35 to 60 kilometers off the Changhua coast. The total capacity is expected to be 2.4GW, which could power 2.8 million households in Taiwan, the company said.

In Taiwan, Ørstedalso owns 35% of the Formosa I project in Maoli, which is Taiwan’s first offshore wind project.

Now the company aims to secure the feed-in-tariff by signing a power purchase agreement (PPA), Bausenwein said.

Subject to Ørsted final investment decision, construction of the first of the four projects could potentially start as early as 2019. Once commissioned, the four Greater Changhua offshore wind farms would expectedly generate green electricity to power in total around 2.8 million Taiwanese households and over their life time create thousands of jobs in the Changhua region and Taiwan.

Matthias Bausenwein, Ørsted General Manager for Asia Pacific expresses his gratitude towards all the involved parties, after intense analysis and review work: “The EIA approvals by Environmental Protection Administration are a crucial step towards securing Taiwan’s energy future with stable and clean power stemming from the strong winds in the Strait. We have now obtained exclusivity and certainty to further develop large scale offshore wind farms off Changhua county.”

The next step for the four Greater Changhua projects is to secure the corresponding grid capacity in 2018 and obtain the establishment permit latest end of 2019. Shortly thereafter, we aims to secure the feed-in-tariff by signing the power purchase agreement.

Ørsted spokesman said; “We are the global market leader in offshore wind and has installed more than 1,000 offshore wind turbines worldwide. We bring vast experience in building offshore wind and was one of the first international companies to become active in developing offshore wind in Taiwan.”

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