Jan De Nul’s jack-up vessel Taillevent has installed the first turbine at Taiwan Power Company’s Changhua Phase 1 offshore wind project.

The 109.2 MW project will feature a total of 21 Hitachi 5.2 MW turbines with a downwind rotor mounted on jacket foundations.

According to Jan De Nul, with the first turbine installed, the project team will proceed with the commissioning process, along with the final termination of the subsea cable inside the tower.

The wind farm, particularly the turbine installation campaign, suffered significant delays due to restrictions and new regulations implemented by authorities in Taiwan and globally as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the company said.

“The successful installation of the first wind turbine on TPC’s first offshore wind farm is a remarkable achievement and the result of the good cooperation between Jan De Nul and Hitachi,said Philippe Hutse, Director Offshore Division at Jan De Nul.

“We never lost sight of our goals, even in these unprecedented COVID-19 times. We look forward to producing green energy in Taiwan.

The consortium of Jan De Nul and Hitachi secured the contract for Changhua Phase 1 back in February 2018.

Jan De Nul is responsible for the design, fabrication, and installation of the foundations and turbines, supply and installation of the onshore and offshore cables, as well as for upgrading the substation.

Hitachi is in charge of manufacturing, assembly, O&M, and other works related to the turbines.

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