Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) has refused the final ‘establishment permit’ for the 350MW Guanyin offshore wind project.
The rejection was due to objections raised last year by the country’s civil aeronautics administration (CAA), the project’s developer WPD confirmed.
The CAA had claimed the project, off Taiwan’s north west coast, could compromise aviation safety, radar and communications at the nearby Taoyuan International Airport.
“The rejection of the Establishment Permit for project Guanyin by MOEA based on unverified concerns from CAA, if maintained, will have a significant negative impact on all stakeholders,” a spokesman for Germany based WPD said.
“We have invested very high amounts in the local supply chain, trusting the decision of the government to award us the contract. And we now see a rejection at a very late point of time, while ignoring all our proposals.”
Guanyin, awarded to WPD in 2018, has been scheduled for commissioning in 2022.
WPD is also developing the 640MW Yunlin offshore project in Taiwan.