Hitachi Ltd. and Jan De Nul Group have signed a contract with Taiwan’s state-owned power utility, Taiwan Power Co. (Taipower), to build offshore wind turbines on the island’s west coast as part of the government’s plan to replace nuclear power with renewable energy.
While the Jan De Nul Group will be responsible for the design and installation of the wind turbines and cables off- and onshore in Chunghua County, Hitachi will be in charge of manufacturing, assembly, operation and maintenance of the 21 offshore wind turbines each with a generation capacity of 5.2 megawatts (MW).
Speaking at the April 30 signing ceremony, Hitachi President Toshiaki Higashihara said it is the company’s first overseas wind energy project and first time working with Taipower.
"This is the first step," he said. “As the wind turbines are specially designed to withstand cyclonic winds, they are perfect for Asian countries prone to typhoons.”
Delivery of the wind turbines is scheduled for early 2020, with test operations slated to begin that summer. They are scheduled to go online by the end of 2020.
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Source: Japan Times
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