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Iberdrola eyes 6GW in Taiwan’s offshore wind rounds

Spanish energy giant aims to set up long-term operations in Taiwan, ahead of forthcoming offshore wind auctions

Taiwan already has 128MW of operational capacity across two demonstration projects (pic credit: Siemens Gamesa)
Taiwan already has 128MW of operational capacity across two demonstration projects (pic credit: Siemens Gamesa)

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Iberdrola is developing around 6GW of offshore wind capacity across three projects in Taiwan ahead of the country’s next round of auctions.

Each site could use fixed-bottom foundations or floating platforms, given their respective water depths, but Iberdrola will likely use fixed-bottom foundations, a spokesman told Windpower Monthly.

The developer has not yet decided how it will split the 6GW of capacity between the three sites.

The Spanish energy giant has also established a holding company for the wind farms’ development and set up project offices in Taiwan.

It aims to set up long-term operations in Taiwan, the company stated.

With the new projects, Iberdrola’s offshore wind development pipeline has swelled to more than 20GW, and also includes wind farms in Ireland, Japan, Sweden and Poland.

It already operates 1.3GW of offshore wind farms in the UK and Germany, and has 2.6GW under construction in the UK, the US and France.

The move marks Iberdrola’s entry into Taiwan, as it did not participate in earlier tender rounds, which saw contracts awarded for 5.5GW of offshore wind capacity.

Taiwan aims to install an additional 9GW of offshore wind capacity by 2031 and then a further 6GW by 2035. 

Under draft plans released earlier this year, the country aims to begin tenders for this capacity increase from 2022. The government is currently finalising its plans for the next stage of auction rounds.

The country’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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