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Taiwan goes for wind on water


SeaEnergy and Taiwan Generations will start with the
600-megawatt Changhua offshore wind farm, then jointly construct and operate other projects in Taiwan Generations’s pipeline.Image by SeaEnergy P.L.C

Britain’s SeaEnergy P.L.C. and Taiwan Generations Corporation will combine their expertise and experience to build offshore wind farm projects in the Asian country.

The companies will start with the 600-megawatt Changhua offshore wind farm, then jointly construct and operate other projects in Taiwan Generations’s pipeline.

The Changhua wind farm will be built about 2.5 kilometers to 10 kilometers from the shoreline of the Taiwan Strait on the country’s west coast.

It will initially be owned by the two companies though bringing in investors later on is also being considered. SeaEnergy will retain a 25 percent stake throughout the developments of the wind facility.

The Taiwanese government has set a target of 15 percent – or 8,450 MW – of the country’s electricity to be sourced from renewable resources by 2025. The government estimates that offshore wind is the fastest way to attain its goal, as it anticipates offshore wind power potential to grow to at least 3,000 MW.

In July 2009, the government passed the Renewable Energy Act, and by January 2010 should announce an associated feed-in tariff system.





-   Oliver M. Bayani




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