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2019-11-07 15:08
Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs

MOEA Attends to Demonstration Wind Farm Development to Achieve the 2020 Target of Offshore Wind

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On Oct. 5, Deputy Minister Wen-Sheng Tseng of the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) visited the Long-Feng Fishery Port of Miaoli and Zhunan offshore with several domestic media to learn about the construction progress of the Formosa I demonstration wind farm, which is scheduled to be completed in mid-October. Combined with the 2 demonstration turbines, the total capacity of these 22 turbines will be 128 MW. Annual electricity generation is expected to reach 480 million kilowatt hours, and the annual carbon reduction is expected to reach 270,000 tons. This will be the first offshore wind farm and an important milestone for offshore wind development in Taiwan and will be of great significance for our promotion of offshore wind policy.

MOEA explains, the construction of Formosa I began in 2019, and the installation of 20 foundations and 18 turbines has just finished. All 20 6-MW turbines are scheduled to be completed this October, and the total capacity is 128 MW including existing 2 4-MW demonstration turbines. This would be Taiwan's first offshore wind farm and will supply power to 128,000 households.

MOEA adds that, since its announcement on July 3rd, 2012, the "Offshore Demonstration Incentive Program" has facilitated Formosa company to complete the first phase of two demonstration turbines with a total capacity of 8 MW in October 2016, which were successfully commissioned in April 2017. This verifies the legal, technical and financial feasibilities of offshore wind development of Taiwan, and sets an important milestone marking the shift from onshore to offshore for wind development. In the meantime, the local supply chain, including EIA survey, site survey, sea cable procurement and construction of land cables, and substations were also created with an output value of NT $1.2 billion. The accumulated capacity of offshore wind is expected to reach 976 MW in 2020 and 5.7 GW in 2025.

To reach the target of 20 % renewable energy generation by 2025, MOEA has devised a promotion strategy with 3 phases, which includes Demonstration Incentive Program, Zones of Potential, and Zonal Development, to strengthen the foundation of promotion in the short term, to establish mid-term and long-term measures, to optimize the developing environment, so as to achieve the long-term goals.

Deputy Minister Tseng indicates that offshore wind energy is an important policy for national energy transformation, industrial transition, green energy employment and domestic economic development. In the future, we will stick to the established energy policies and try our best to promote offshore wind and complete the target as scheduled. In 2025, 5.7 GW of offshore wind power will be installed, which will drive the investment and output value to exceed NT $1 trillion and NT $1.2 trillion, create 20,000 job opportunities, and reduce carbon emission by 11.92 million tons annually, equivalent to 30,644 Da-An Forest Parks. This will strengthen our energy security, create an industrial value of the green economy, and achieve the sustainable vision of Taiwan.

Spokesperson for Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs: Deputy Director-General, Chun-Li Lee
Phone: 02-2775-7700
Mobile: 0936-250-838
Email: chunlee@moea.gov.tw

Business Contact: Division Director, Chung-Hsien Chen
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Media Contact: Inspector, Yu-Hsuah Hsia
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