Asia’s Biggest Offshore Wind Farm ‘Greater Changhau’ Commissioned by Orsted in Taiwan

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Orsted and Taiwanese Officials celebrated the commissioning of 1st sections of the Greater Changhau Offshore Wind Farms, the biggest of their kind in Asia. 

The people gathered at the operations and maintenance centre in the Taichung Port, which lies along the Strait of Taiwan.

The wind farms have doubled Taiwan’s offshore wind energy capacity. Additionally, this is Orsted’s first gigawatt-scale offshore wind farm outside Europe.

Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen said they now have Asia-Pacific’s biggest offshore wind farm and offshore wind supply chain. It took them eight years to reach this far, he added.

The celebration marked the completion of the project’s Changhau 1 & 2a sections, which provide 900 NW of capacity in total. 

Work on the next phases, 2b and 4, is ongoing. After they are commissioned, they will add an additional 920 MW. Work for this phase is expected to be over before 2025 ends.

Per Mejnert Kristensen, CEO of Region APAC at Ørsted, this a project of great historical importance as it led to the establishment of the local offshore wind sector and contributed to Taiwan’s energy transition and net 0 goals.

Offshore construction commenced in March 2021, and now all 111 Siemens Gamesa SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbines supply renewable energy to Taiwan’s electricity grid. 

Orsted has a 50% stake in the offshore wind farm Greater Changhua 1, and another 50% is owned by Mercury Taiwan Holdings, a consortium of CDPQ and Cathay PE. Ørsted entirely owns the Greater Changhua 2a.

The first power from the site was produced in April 2022. It is Taiwan’s farthest offshore site, lying 22 to 37 miles from the coast.

Reference: Orsted

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