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Taiwan ups offshore wind goal with plans to auction 15GW

The Taiwanese government releases plans to auction 15GW of new offshore wind capacity due online between 2026 and 2035

Monopiles and transition pieces for the Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan, currently under construction (pic: Jumbo)
Monopiles and transition pieces for the Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan, currently under construction (pic: Jumbo)

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Taiwan plans to auction 15GW of offshore wind capacity due to come online between 2026 and 2035, according to a government presentation.

The Bureau of Energy (BOE) — part of Taiwan’s economic affairs ministry — aims to award 9GW of this capacity over three rounds held annually from 2022, with 3GW available in each.

It is also due to auction a further 6GW of offshore wind capacity to be commissioned between 2032 and 2035, but has not revealed details of how this capacity will be divided yet.

The BOE had initially planned to auction 10GW to be commissioned between 2026 and 2035.

Developers are due to compete on price, with the BOE assessing them on industrial plans and financial capability in the event of equal bid prices.

The BOE will accept applications from Q2 2022 for 3GW to be connected to the grid in 2026-27. This will be followed by two further 3GW allocations in the second quarters of 2023 and 2024, with successful projects due online in 2028-29 and 2030-31 respectively.

Results of the first period of selection are due to be announced before the end of August 2022.

Taiwan’s economic affairs ministry has already awarded contracts for 5.5GW of offshore wind capacity across two rounds, to add to the 128MW of operational capacity across two demonstration projects.

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