Port of Taichung embraces Taiwan's offshore wind dream
Onshore wind in Taichung. Author: Mark Kao.
The Port of Taichung is preparing to support the expansion of Taiwan’s offshore wind capacity, with construction and upgrade works already in progress and plans for a national industrial park for the wind industry.
Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) said Tuesday the Port of Taichung has been selected, after a comprehensive review, as the optimal port to support offshore wind construction works. It is inviting domestic and international companies from the offshore wind turbine sector to set up operations at the port.
TIPC has also designated 100 hectares (247 acres) of land and new road construction for an industrial park, representing an investment of TWD 2.8 billion (USD 92m/EUR 86.7m).
Taiwan aims to reach 3 GW of offshore wind power generation capacity by 2025 and there are already several projects in progress. Many offshore wind turbines will be installed off Changhua County, south of Taichung City, under the Ministry of Economic Affairs’ (MOEA) plan for offshore expansion in specific designated areas.
The Port of Taichung, an international commercial seaport, is located close to proposed wind farm sites, offers deep-water access, can accommodate large commercial vessels, and has adequate yard and warehouse facilities, its operator, TIPC, said.