Taiwan greenlights 3.8GW of offshore wind projects

Germany’s wpd has been selected to connect 1GW of capacity, while Ørsted and CIP will push forward with 900MW each.

German wind developer wpd emerged as one of the biggest winners in Taiwan’s selection process that determines which offshore wind projects will be developed in the next two years as the country works towards its target of generating 20 percent of power from renewable sources by 2025.

The decision, announced by Taiwan’s Bureau of Energy, allocates 3.8GW of grid connection capacity to offshore wind projects, allowing seven developers to proceed with 10 projects across the island.

As a result, wpd will move ahead with its Yunlin project, which has a capacity of 650MW-700MW, followed by its 350MW Guanyin project, which will be commissioned in 2021.
Another European developer, Ørsted (formerly known as Dong Energy), has won the right to connect 900MW of offshore wind capacity to Taiwan’s power grid with two projects – the 605MW Changhua 1 project and the smaller 295MW Changhua 2 project, both to be commissioned in 2021.

Danish fund manager Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners will also be developing 900MW of projects off the coast of Changhua County. These are: the Changfang and Xidao projects that will have a combined generation capacity of 600MW, as well as a 300MW project CIP will be developing in partnership with China Steel Corporation and DGA.

Smaller allocations – totalling 1GW – were awarded to Canadian power producer Northland Power, Taiwanese renewables developer Swancor and power utility TaiPower.

The Taiwanese government launched the project selection process last year to allocate an originally planned 3.5GW of available grid to potential projects based on scores of technical and financial aspects. Applications totalling more than 10GW of capacity were filed with the Bureau of Energy by the end of March.

Applicants that scored more than 60 points but were unsuccessful in securing grid connection, will be able to participate in the government’s June auction for an additional 2GW of offshore wind capacity, the Bureau of Energy said.