October 8 (Renewables Now) - Marine contractor Jan De Nul Group said on Friday that work has started on the 109.2-MW Changhua Offshore Wind Farm project of Taiwan Power Co.
A consortium of Jan De Nul and Japanese group Hitachi Ltd (TYO:6501) was in April this year awarded a contract for the manufacturing and installation of 21 turbines of 5.2 MW off the coast of Fangyuan.
A sod cutting ceremony was held in August and the consortium has launched the onshore cable installation works, Jan De Nul said on Friday.
The onshore works will take 20 months and are performed by Taiwanese subcontractor Star Energy Corp.
Jan De Nul's scope includes the design, fabrication and installation of the foundations and the installation of the wind turbines. It will also supply and install the onshore and offshore cables and upgrade the substation to which the wind farm will connect. Hitachi is responsible for the manufacturing, assembly and operation and maintenance (O&M) of the turbines. They will be produced mainly during 2019 and will be delivered in early 2020. Test operation of the equipment is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020, with completion expected at the end of that year, Jan De Nul said.
The foundations and wind turbines are designed to resist cyclonic waves and winds and earthquake loads, the company noted.