TotalEnergies hails 1st power from 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind farm

Siemens Gamesa's SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine. Image source: Ørsted

November 30 (Renewables Now) - TotalEnergies SE (EPA:TTE) confirmed today the first turbine at the 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan was commissioned and connected to the grid in November.

The French energy group acquired a 23% stake in the project earlier this year. Yunlin is operated by German renewables developer Wpd AG, with the other shareholdings including Thailand's EGCO Group and a consortium of Japanese investors led by Sojitz Corp (TYO:2768).

The wind farm consists of 80 Siemens Gamesa turbines of 8 MW each. An initial group of nine turbines is targeted to be brought into full operation mode by the end of 2021.

When complete, the wind park is expected to generate 2.4 TWh a year, equivalent to the demand of 605,000 households.

“Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic on construction activities, the combined efforts of all stakeholders, leveraging wpd and TotalEnergies’ expertise in offshore activities, made the start of electricity production from this offshore wind farm possible” said Julien Pouget, senior vice president renewables at TotalEnergies.

This is the first power generation from offshore wind since the company entered the sector in 2019, Pouget added. TotalEnergies is currently developing an offshore wind portfolio with a total capacity of over 6 GW, including both bottom-fixed and floating wind projects in the UK, South Korea, Taiwan and France.

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