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Ørsted gets environmental approval for 2.4GW of wind farms in Taiwan

CTBR Staff Writer Published 12 February 2018

Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration has given its approval to Danish renewable energy giant Ørsted for four offshore wind farms located off Changhua County in the country.

The wind farms, with their total capacity of 2.4GW, have cleared the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). The approval has granted Ørsted the exclusive rights for the development at the four sites.

 Ørsted Wind Power CEO Martin Neubert said: “Today’s approvals mark an important milestone for our expansion in Asia and the realization of Taiwan’s ambitious energy targets.”

Construction of the wind farms could begin next year, subject to final investment decision by the company.

Once commissioned, the clean energy generated from the wind farms could be sufficient to be supplied to 2.8 million Taiwanese households and they are expected to create thousands of jobs in the Changhua region.

Ørsted also stated that the next step for the wind farms is to secure the respective grid capacity this year and secure the establishment permit by the end of next year. Thereafter, it aims to secure the feed-in-tariff with power purchase agreements.

Ørsted Asia Pacific General Manager Matthias Bausenwein said: “The EIA approvals by Environmental Protection Administration are a crucial step towards securing Taiwan’s energy future with stable and clean power stemming from the strong winds in the Strait.

“We have now obtained exclusivity and certainty to further develop large scale offshore wind farms off Changhua county.”

Recently, Ørsted stated that it will invest in megawatt-scale pilot energy storage project in the country. The project is expected to use lithium-ion battery technology.

The company will work with Changhua County Government, Taipower, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and National Changhua University of Education for the establishment of a consortium to conduct research and development on energy storage in the country.

Image: Ørsted’s four offshore wind farms could generate electricity for about 2.8 million Taiwanese households. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.