September 13 (Renewables Now) - Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) on Wednesday signed a contract with Taiwan's Woen-Jinn Harbour Engineering (WJ) for array cable installation at its Greater Changhua offshore wind projects in Taiwan.
The Danish offshore wind developer said that the TWD-1-billion (USD 32.5m/EUR 27.9m) contract "requires WJ to install a significant scope of array cables and will secure substantial work for the projects to be constructed in 2021." Ørsted's four sites off Changhua County have a total potential capacity of 2.4 GW, of which 900 MW are set to be built in 2021.
The agreement includes a provision to allow WJ to invest in a new-build cable laying vessel, WoenJinn#7.
This is the first major contract that Ørsted awards for its Greater Changhua projects. The developer said it demonstrates its commitment to rely on local suppliers for the offshore wind industry.
The contract follows a collaboration between the companies over the past two years and the signing of a memorandum of understanding in November 2017 and a letter of intent in May 2018. A team of Ørsted specialists will help WJ develop the standards and competences needed for the project.
(TWD 10 = USD 0.325/EUR 0.279)