February 9 (Renewables Now) - Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration has approved the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Ørsted A/S' (CPH:ORSTED) four offshore wind projects with a total expected capacity of 2.4 GW in the country, the Danish offshore wind developer said today.
As previously announced, the projects, located off Changhua County, had been recommended for environmental approval, with a final decision expected in the first quarter of 2018.
The EIA approvals give Ørsted exclusivity over the development of the four sites. The company said that subject to final investment decision, it could start building the first of the four Greater Changhua projects as early as 2019.
The developer will now work to secure grid capacity in 2018 and an establishment permit, targeted latest for end of 2019. It will then aim to secure the feed-in tariff (FiT) by signing the power purchase agreement (PPA).
In another news about Taiwan's emerging offshore wind market Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) today announced a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a local company on supply chain collaboration.