Taiwan's 376-MW Formosa II offshore park sends 1st power to grid

Formosa I Phase II in Taiwan. Image by: Ørsted A/S.

July 22 (Renewables Now) - The 376-MW Formosa II offshore wind farm being built in Taiwanese waters has lauded first power to the national grid, the project owners announced on Thursday.

The installation of the first 12 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD turbines, from a total of 47, has been completed and more than half of the foundations are in place. “Despite facing challenges posed by recent weather conditions, the team has persisted in advancing construction works, with strong health, safety and environmental performance and high sustainability standards,”, said Michael Klingele, Project Director of Formosa II.

To be located between four and 10 nautical miles off the coast of Miaoli County in the Taiwan Strait, the Formosa II park will have its turbines erected in water depths of up to 55 metres. Their future output will be supplied to state-owned Taiwan Power Company under a 20-year fixed-price power purchase agreement (PPA).

The installation of the jacket foundations and subsea inter-array cables was initiated in April and May respectively, while turbine installation works started early in June. Once fully operational, the wind farm will be capable of generating electricity for around 380,000 homes.

A consortium comprising Japan's JERA Co, Taiwan’s Swancor Renewable Energy Co Ltd and Corio Generation, a portfolio company of Macquarie’s Green Investment Group, is behind Formosa II.

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