Fred. Olsen Windcarrier wins first contract in Taiwan

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Fred. Olsen Windcarrier recently was awarded a contract with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) for the transport and installation of wind turbines on the Yunlin Offshore Windfarm in Taiwanese waters for its 8 MW wind turbines.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will mobilize one of its special purpose-built jack-up installation vessels in Europe during the spring of 2020, which will head to Asia to start working in this emerging market.

“This is a very exciting project as it is the first large transport and installation project in Asia for us,” said Martin Degen, Commercial Manager, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “We are glad to have been picked by SGRE as a reliable partner for this new market. The contract will continue to strengthen our relationship with SGRE. We are looking forward to bringing our European experience and capabilities to the project, working with the local supply chain in Taiwan.”

The Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels have installed more than 400 wind turbines offshore and gained extensive experience installing the latest generation offshore wind turbines on some of the world’s largest wind farms. (Courtesy: Fred. Olsen Windcarrier)

“Taiwan is a strong developing market for SGRE, as such it is essential that we operate with partners who we are sure to bring the right team and the right assets for the job,” said Russell Brice, Head of Marine Operations, SGRE Offshore. “We are confident that Fred. Olsen Windcarrier will prove themselves with us again. We are looking forward to be working together again, this time for Yunlin.”

For the Yunlin Offshore Windfarm, Fred. Olsen Windcarrier aims at engaging various local stakeholders in their scope of work. This may include ship agencies, installation port authorities, steel fabricators, engineering consultancies, and R&D and education centers.

The Yunlin Offshore Windfarm (640 MW) is about six kilometers off the southwest coast of Taiwan and will feature 80 SG 8.0-167 DD machines. Installation will be split into two phases that will be carried out in 2020 and 2021, respectively. When finished, the Yunlin wind farm will supply power to more than 450,000 homes and reduce CO2 emissions with more than 916,000 metric tons per year.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier provides innovative and tailored services for the transport, installation, and maintenance of offshore wind farms.

The Fred. Olsen Windcarrier vessels have installed more than 400 wind turbines offshore and gained extensive experience installing the latest generation offshore wind turbines on some of the world’s largest wind farms. The company provides complete project management services and carries a vast engineering expertise in-house and is capable of providing complete turnkey installation solutions for offshore wind turbines with in-house personnel.

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