Taiwan plans 3GW offshore by 2030

Six-turbine demo to kick-start "nuclear-free homeland" strategy

A six-turbine demonstration offshore wind farm will be fully commissioned off Taiwan by the end of 2015, with an additional 300MW of new capacity to be installed annually thereafter, according to an ambitious plan set out by Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA).

3GW of installed offshore wind capacity is planned by 2030, says MOEA, as part of Taiwan’s strategy to create a "new green era" and to become a "nuclear-free homeland".

Bids to build the demonstration project will be accepted until the end of October, with MOEA scheduled to announce its choice by the end of January 2013.

The chosen developer will receive TWD 2,500m (€8.3m) to progress the project through permitting, followed by a "50% incentive fee", thought to be a subsidy to reduce construction costs.

In return, the company will be expected to complete environmental permitting by the end of 2014, install turbines and cables by September 2015, and to achieve full power by the end of that year.

It is unclear whether the MOEA’s plans for a six-turbine pilot replaces its earlier policy of supporting construction of three two-turbine demonstration offshore wind farms. Renewables-focused Taiwan Generations Corporation is thought to be pursuing development of a two-turbine pilot, off Changhua, as well as a larger commercial-scale offshore wind farm.

Taiwan Power Company has also been named in the past, as a developer of a demonstration offshore wind farm.

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