wpd Moves Into Taiwan After Securing 1 Gigawatt Offshore Wind Tender

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New energy developer wpd cleaned house in Taiwan’s offshore wind tenders last year, locking in 990 megawatts (MW) of new contracts that it is now hard at work to implement by 2025. CleanTechnica sat down with wpd’s YD Chang at the 2018 Energy Taiwan show in Tapiei last week, who shared the excitement of the new rush into Taiwan for wpd and other companies as part of the broader rush to install grid-scale renewables across Taiwan.

The New Tender

YD shared that wpd continues to talk with all of the big players in wind turbine manufacturing, but it has selected Siemens Gamesa for the bulk of the installations, largely due to it ability to actually get the turbines up and running on time. 2025 is still a few years out, but the infrastructure and regulatory approvals that are required to execute an installation of this scale will take some time.

No manufacturers currently produce offshore turbines of the size required for wind farms of this scale in Taiwan today but the new tender may see that trend shifting. YD shared that the new offshore wind tenders include a stipulation about utilizing Taiwanese companies and products for the work. This presents a challenge for the majors who secured tenders, but with an asterisk that highlights a possibility for new economic opportunities in Taiwan if it is able to attract new wind turbine manufacturers to its shores through the 2025 offshore wind tenders.

Adding To A Growing Renewables Portfolio In Taiwan

YD shared that wpd won 990 MW of new offshore wind tenders in Taiwan as part of the push towards 5.5 gigawatt (GW) of new offshore wind production capacity by 2025 for the island. wpd currently has 384 MW of installed onshore wind production capacity but no offshore wind production capacity in Taiwan.

That’s not to say that wpd is a stranger to offshore wind, as that couldn’t be further from the truth. wpd maintains a deep bench of installed and planned renewables projects in Europe and North America, with a 500 MW pipeline of wind projects in the works for South America as well.

wpd’s new offshore wind tenders join a pipeline of 180 MW of additional onshore wind production capacity that is in the works for the Taiwanese market as well as a healthy sprinkling of onshore solar projects.

The future is looking bright for Taiwan as its progressive new government takes one step after the other towards the renewable, sustainable future we all need.

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