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Dong Energy plans to develop four offshore wind farms in Taiwan’s Changhua area

Published 17 November 2016

Danish utility Dong Energy has unveiled plans to develop four offshore wind farms in Taiwan’s Changhua area with a combined capacity of about 2GW.

The company made the announcement as it opened its office in Taipei.

Dong is carrying out an environmental impact assessment (EIA) on four sites off Changhua County, where Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has identified a total of 21 sites.

In total, the ministry has plans for 36 offshore wind sites.

The company’s projects are subject to board clearance and the approval of the EIAs by the Taiwanese government. The potential construction of offshore wind farms could begin in 2021-2024.

Once the construction starts, the wind farms will support the green transition of Taiwan’s energy sector and create local jobs.

Dong Energy Asia-Pacific general manager Matthias Bausenwein said: “Building on our 25 years of experience with offshore wind, I believe we can help Taiwan make the most of its tremendous offshore wind resources.

“Offshore wind can become a key component in Taiwan’s future energy mix and provide a stable, utility-scale and green source of power from the strong winds in the Taiwan Strait.”

Dong Energy has partnered with Taiwanese industry think tank, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) in a drive to build an offshore wind ecosystem in Taiwan. 

The parties will carry out joint workshops, cultivate talents and explore industry partnership opportunities.

 


Image: Dong Energy opens a new office in Taipei, Taiwan. Photo: Courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.