April 30 (Renewables Now) - Ørsted SA (CPH:ORSTED) has been awarded the right to connect 900 MW of offshore wind capacity to Taiwan's grid, the Danish offshore wind developer said today.
The grid capacity, awarded in the 3.5-GW grid allocation process held by the Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs, is for the 605-MW Changhua 1 and 295-MW Changhua 2 projects, located in the Taiwan Strait off Changhua County. Ørsted said the next step is to get establishment permit for the projects and to secure the feed-in-tariff (FiT) by entering into a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Taipower.
The offshore wind parks are to be built in 2021, subject to final investment decision.
Martin Neubert, head of Ørsted Wind Power, called the news "a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region." It comes on the heels of Friday's announcement that Ørsted has won the right to install 551.75 MW of offshore wind capacity in Germany as part of the country's second offshore wind power auction.
The company's Greater Changhua offshore wind projects in Taiwan, with a total potential capacity of 2.4 GW, received environmental impact assessment approvals in February 2018. The developer said that the remaining 1.5 GW can take part in future auction rounds. Taiwan is expected to tender up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity in June this year.
In Taiwan, Ørsted is co-owner of the country’'s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, the 8-MW Formosa 1, which will be extended to 128 MW in 2019, subject to final investment decision by the owners.