Jan De Nul Group, a Luxembourg-based family-owned maritime infrastructure company, announced its important progress on the Formosa 1 Phase 2 OWF project.
Jan De Nul said that all the 20 foundation monopiles have left the EEW SPC yard in Germany onboard of two heavy load transport vessels.
Both vessels set sail to Taichung port, the marshalling harbor for the OWF project in Taiwan and the transport marks an important step in the company’s procurement phase of this project.
The company said that the components for the OWF construction are mobilized, and the actual installation operations on site are expected to be started very soon.
Jan De Nul Group offshore director Philippe Hutse said: “Our local integration has been ongoing for years thanks to our various marine activities throughout the past years in the region. In the past months, we have signed several agreements with local suppliers for this project in Taiwan. These engagements fit perfectly in our philosophy of involving the local supply chain as much as possible.”
Jan De Nul Group said that apart from the overseas procurement and services, it has finalized various service and subcontract agreements with local firms in Taiwan, following the appointment of Taichung Port as marshalling harbour for the project
The company has set up its local supply chain in Taiwan, which includes quarry rock production for the foundation scour design, rock load-out operations, storage and transport of the foundation structures, installation of transition joint bays and land cables installation.
The Formosa 1 offshore wind farm is located 3km off the coast of Miaoli and the Formosa 1 Phase 1 OWF is installed with two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines, marking installation of the first offshore turbines in Taiwan.
Jan De Nul Group has secured contract for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 project, which includes the extension of the existing Formosa Phase 1 OWF by adding twenty of 6MW turbines totaling output of 120MW.
The company’s scope under the contract includes the procurement and installation of the WTG foundations, scour protection and cables, and the construction is expected to be completed in 2019.