Danish energy company Orsted has signed a deal with CSBC for the manufacture and supply of wind turbine foundation pin piles for the 900MW Greater Changhua offshore wind projects in Taiwan.


Image: Orsted and CSBC officials at the signing ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Ørsted Taiwan.

Orsted stated that CSBC will supply significant number of foundation pin-piles for the project. This is the CSBC’s first offshore wind contract. The company has established a local marine team to develop offshore wind industry, with support from the Taiwanese government.

To fulfill this contract, CSBC plans to invest in a new production line to manufacture the pin-piles. It will also use Kaohsiung Harbour as the heavy-lift terminal for the underwater pin piles assembly and temporary storage.

Each of the pin-piles will be up to 90 meters long and the total steel weight for the order is more than 20,000 tons, which is equivalent to the weight of 10,000 cars.

As per Orsted, this contract is the beginning of a new partnership between the two companies, as CSBC will be included as one of the preferred suppliers for Orsted’s future wind farm projects to be built in 2025 in Taiwan.

Orsted Asia-Pacific general manager Matthias Bausenwein said: “we will use Ørsted designed Jacket foundations which are tailored to meet the seabed conditions in Taiwan. Each foundation will be supported by three pin-piles that are driven into the seabed, forming a robust foundation structure to sustain the weight of the tower and wind turbine system.

“We are glad to have found a partner like CSBC, a company that has many years of experience in heavy industry and shipbuilding.”

Earlier this month, Orsted had signed a contract with Formosa Heavy Industries for the manufacture of wind turbine foundation pin piles. This company will also supply significant pin-piles for the company’s projects. The contract amount for Formosa Heavy Industries is NT$2bn ($64.6m).

Formosa will also supply 90meter long, 4meter wide pin-piles. Each of these pin-piles will weigh over 400 tons.

The Danish company is claimed to be making quick moves for the development of the first 900MW Greater Changhua projects, on which offshore construction will take place in 2021.