Changhua signs MOU with leading offshore wind energy developers

The Changhua County government signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) Wednesday with two leading offshore wind energy developers from Canada and Singapore that will see them invest NT$157 billion (US$4.9 billion) in renewable energy resources in central Taiwan.

The MOU was signed by Chuanghua Magistrate Wei Ming-ku (魏明谷), Canada’s Northland Power Inc. (NPI) Commercial Development Manager Sean McDermott, and Singapore-based Yushan Energy Pte., Ltd. Chairman Ian Hatton.

Meanwhile, witnessed by Ministry of Economic Affairs’ Industrial Development Bureau Deputy Director-General Leu Jang-hwa (呂正華), the two companies also signed a joint MOU with National Changhua University of Education Vice President Chen Ming-fei (陳明飛) to forge future academic exchanges in the field of renewable energy development.

Wei said that through the collaboration of academia, industry and government, Changhua is ideally positioned to become one of the major contributors to renewable energy in Taiwan.

He also pointed out that prior to the MOU, development teams from NPI and Yushan have already been on the ground carrying out investigations to identify prospective development areas in Changhua. “During this time, NPI and Yushan have established positive relations with the local populace through the Hai Long offshore wind farm project,” he said.

According to Yushan’s official website, the Hai Long project, in collaboration with NPI, is expected to contribute approximately 1,200 megawatts of offshore wind power for the island’s power grid. The first stage of the Hai Long project will utilize turbines sized in the range of 6-8MW and will result in an installed capacity of approximately 700MW, it said.

Wei said that the county government has been working closely with the central government to carry out a policy in which Taiwan will be transformed into a nuclear power-free country by 2025.

“The exploration area off the coast of Changhua spans 2,300 square kilometers, which is an ideal development playground for the world’s leading green energy companies,” he said, adding that the area’s projected investment potential is around NT$1 trillion, with a maximum wind-generating capacity of 4GW (4 billion watts).

Therefore, renewable power development has been prioritized in the county government’s development policy, he said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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