Taiwan chooses 7 developers for 3.8GW in wind power projects

Taipei, May 1 (CNA) Taiwan has selected seven companies to build 10 offshore wind farms along the country's western coast that will have installed capacity of 3,836 megawatts by 2025.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs announced Monday the results of its tender for offshore wind power planning sites, saying it has awarded a total of 3,836 MW in grid connection capacity to 10 offshore wind farms proposed by seven developers.

Of that, 738MW in capacity will be installed by 2021, and the remaining 3,098MW will be set up between 2021 and 2025, according to the ministry.

Taiwan had offshore wind capacity in 2017 of 8,000kW, and it has raised its 2025 offshore wind goal to 5.5GW from the 3GW previously targeted.

The ministry said it will hold a tender in June to select developers from those who did not win contracts for the remaining 1.66GW in capacity, with the results to be announced by the end of that month.

The seven selected developers include state-run Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower) and China Steel Corp., the largest steel maker in Taiwan, but Asia Cement Corp. and polyester filament makers Lea Lea Enterprise Co. did not win contracts.

Meanwhile, three foreign winners -- Germany's wpd, Denmark's Orsted A/S and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) -- have been awarded contracts for installed capacity of 1,058MW, 902MW and 600MW, respectively, or a cumulative capacity of 66 percent of the total awarded on Monday.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel