Taiya Renewable Energy claimed it is the first Taiwanese developer to take forward floating wind pilot projects, as it announced a joint venture with floating wind platform supplier BW Ideol that it expects to lead to commercial-scale projects.
The agreement, which is subject to due diligence, is twofold. In the first phase the partners will work on a 50MW pilot project in response to plans for a 100MW auction for pilot floating arrays in deeper waters announced by the Taiwanese economic affairs ministry in August.
BW Ideol will have the exclusive contract to design, engineer, build and install the floating foundations based on its damping pool technology. Subject to the project reaching final investment decision, construction is expected to start in 2025 and commissioning in 2026.
The partnership agreement also covers the joint development of several commercial-scale projects. Environmental impact assessment efforts are ongoing to ensure a timely qualification by the time the tenders are officially launched.
Emphasising the benefits of Taiya's "strong local footprint and experience in engaging with local stakeholders", Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol said: “We are pleased to pursue the growth of our global project pipeline, in line with our dual-leg strategy as co-developer and as technology and EPCI services provider. We look forward to actively contributing to the acceleration of commercial-scale floating offshore wind in Taiwan and further strengthen our already strong Asian presence.”
Taiya focuses on site selection and development of offshore wind farms. It recently entered into a partnership with French energy major EDF Renewables to jointly bid in Taiwan’s upcoming auction for the Huan-Yang bottom-fixed offshore wind.