November 15 (Renewables Now) - Taiwan’s Changhua Port will be used as the operation and maintenance (O&M) base for the 109.2-MW Changhua Offshore Wind Farm project of Taiwan Power Co.
Japanese group Hitachi Ltd (TYO:6501), which is part of the consortium selected to build the complex, said on Wednesday it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Changhua County for using the port and its facilities. Hitachi and its partner Jan De Nul Group were awarded a turnkey contract in April and initiated work on the project last month.
The Changhua wind farm will use 21 Hitachi 5.2-MW turbines that the Japanese group will start manufacturing next year, to early 2020. Jan De Nul, meanwhile, will install the jacket foundations at the start of 2020, which will be followed by tower and turbine installation by Hitachi.
Work on the O&M base is planned to be completed by the middle of 2020. Commissioning of the complex will begin in the summer of 2020 and finish by the end of the same year, with O&M services scheduled to commence in September 2020.