Seajacks steps outside Europe with Taiwanese installation deal
Seajacks’ contract for phase 2 of Formosa 1 is it its first outside Europe
Thu 03 May 2018 by David Foxwell
Seajacks has secured a contract from Siemens Gamesa to install its 6 MW turbines on phase 2 of the 120 MW Formosa 1 offshore windfarm in Taiwan.
The award is the first time the Great Yarmouth-based company has won a renewables contract outside Europe.
Seajacks Zaratan will site all 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines in the Taiwan Strait, with the jack-up vessel due to begin work in Q2 2019.
“This exciting contract award announces the arrival of Seajacks as a global player in offshore windfarm installation and it builds on our years of experience in Europe,” said Seajacks chairman, Soichi Inoue. “It is also a very exciting time for Taiwan and we’re delighted to be playing a part in delivering the country’s first commercial-scale offshore windfarm. We are looking forward to working in partnership with Siemens Gamesa and Formosa’s owners to bring offshore wind power to Taiwan and show once again what we can do.”
Siemens Gamesa executive general manager APAC, Niels Steenberg said: “We welcome Seajacks bringing a suitable vessel to Taiwan as one of the first suppliers, relieving one of the bottlenecks for utility scale offshore wind in the region. We expect more to follow, now that the Taiwanese pipeline until 2024 is clear, creating a healthy and sustainable market.”
Seajacks will install the turbines for the Macquarie Capital, Ørsted and Swancor-owned project in around 30 m of water, up to 6 km off the coast of Miaoli County in northwest Taiwan.
The installation contract is subject to a final investment decision and financial close, both of which are expected later this year. SOURCE: OWJ