Jan De Nul Group and Hitachi announced that they have signed the contract with overall work for the manufacturing and installation of 21 5.2MW wind turbines (109.2MW) for the Changhua Offshore Wind Farm Project.
Taiwan Power Company plans this wind farm to be constructed off the coast of Fangyuan in Changhua County in Central Western Taiwan. The work includes design, manufacturing and installation of all foundations and wind turbines as well as maintenance for a period of five years.
The overall project has a value of 25 billion New Taiwan Dollar (approx. 800 million USD), of which two-thirds (2/3) of the amount is for Jan De Nul and the remaining one-thirds (1/3) is for Hitachi.
Under the Changhua Offshore Wind Farm Project Jan De Nul will be responsible for the foundation design, fabrication and installation, wind turbine installation, supply and installation of cables off- and onshore as well as for the upgrading of the electrical substation.
Hitachi will be in charge of manufacturing, assembly, operation and maintenance (O&M), and other work related to the 21 offshore wind turbines with downwind rotor, each with a generation capacity of 5.2MW. Particular feature of the design is that the foundations are designed to withstand cyclonic waves and winds, and earthquake loads.
The Changhua Offshore Wind Farm Project will be constructed in a region known to be very sensitive to typhoons. The consortium submitted its design with the Hitachi’s proprietary wind turbine with downwind rotor. These turbines feature a downwind configuration, which reduces wind loading by keeping the rotor oriented in such a way that it is not affected by crosswinds, even during shutdown due to strong gusts.
Jan De Nul and Hitachi will contribute to expanding renewable energy in Taiwan by combining the expertise of Jan De Nul in marine construction, which the company has developed by being involved in projects all over the world, with the high-quality maintenance technologies and expertise related to wind turbines that Hitachi has cultivated in the Japanese market.