Date: December 5th, 2017
By Joshua S Hill
Danish offshore wind behemoth Ørsted has moved several steps closer to making its 2 gigawatt Taiwanese Greater Changhua offshore wind projects a reality, acquiring environmental approval and securing a subsea cable partner in Taiwanese Woen Jinn Harbour Engineering.
Word of Ørsted’s (which, until recently, was called DONG Energy) Changhua offshore wind development has been hard to track down as no major announcements have yet been made. We first heard word of the potential project back in January when DONG Energy announced that it had acquired 35% ownership in Taiwan’s first offshore wind project, the 128 MW (megawatt) Formosa 1 offshore wind farm. The company made mention in its press release that it was also working on its own offshore wind projects in Taiwan — four separate offshore wind farms in the Changhua coastal region, which would have a total capacity of at least 2 GW (gigawatts) when completed sometime between 2021 and 2024.
In May the company made a small note that it was now waiting on Taiwan’s government to conduct an environmental impact assessment (EIA) of the four potential offshore sites. Late last month Taiwan’s Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) review panel recommended approval of the EIA for the four projects, leaving Ørsted to wait until early 2018 for final environmental approval. [FULL STORY]