Jack-up vessel to install monopile foundations in Taiwan

FOWIC will, in corporation with Shimizu, make use of the jack-up vessel Blue Wind for the project. (Courtesy: Fred. Olsen Windcarrier)

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) has been awarded a contract working with Shimizu for the transportation and installation of monopile foundations for the 640 MW (8 MW / 80 wind turbines) Yunlin offshore windfarm off the west coast of central Taiwan.

FOWIC, which is in a cooperative relationship with Shimizu regarding offshore wind farm construction, will start operations in February 2024. The duration of the project is estimated to be 200 days.

FOWIC will in corporation with Shimizu make use of the jack-up vessel Blue Wind for the project. When fully operational, this project in Taiwan will have a capacity to create up to 640 MW green energy equivalent of more 600,000 Taiwan households and be another important step towards a fully green energy future in Taiwan.

“We are extremely proud to be awarded the transport and installation contract with Shimizu. This contract demonstrates our commitment to offshore wind development in APAC as a region and to our partnership with Shimizu. We look forward to executing this project together with Shimizu and all the local stakeholders and suppliers on the project,” said Alexandra Koefoed, CEO at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier.

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier established a partnership with Shimizu Corp. in 2021 to strengthen its position in the offshore wind industry in the APAC region. Both companies have a background in civil engineering and offshore & marine construction.

Together, FOWIC and Shimizu capitalize on a versatile jack-up vessel fleet, while making use of a larger pool of market knowledge and project execution experience.

“We’re happy for the chance to contribute with our joint capabilities to the Yunlin offshore windfarm project and to the APAC renewable energy overall,” said Koefoed.

The vessel is engaged in the Ishikari Bay New Port Offshore Wind Farm project, one of the largest commercial offshore wind farms in Japan with 8 MW / 14 wind turbines. The vessel will start preparation for the Yunlin offshore windfarm project in December 2023.

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