Taiwan issues draft rules for upcoming 3GW offshore wind tender

Taiwan’s Energy Administration has announced provisional rules for the country’s planned offshore wind auction round 3.2, which will see up to 3GW of capacity up for grabs next January.

Wind turbines off the coast of Zhunan in Taiwan's Miaoli County (pic credit: Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)

During a public hearing, the Energy Administration said the maximum size for projects has increased. With around five projects expected in total, the first will be capped at 900MW and the second at 700MW. Subsequent projects will be 500MW each. Projects can also apply for an additional 100MW, subject to approval.

Applications will be judged primarily on technical expertise (60%), with financial credibility (40%) also being assessed, the administration said. Local content remains a key focus, although mandatory requirements have been removed and replaced with a new set of 21 optional items alongside a point system, offering developers more flexibility, according to the Trade Council of Denmark in Taipei. Bidders will need to score at least 70 points to be considered. Higher scores increase the chances of securing extra capacity.

Localisation of turbine foundations, blades and nacelles will each be awarded 18 points per bid, while local production for cables will be awarded 14 points.

In terms of bid price, the Energy Administration expects to set an upper limit of TWD 2.49/kWh ($0.08/kWh), with TWD 0/kWh as the lower limit.

Praising the updated format, the Danish Trade Council noted that fulfilling four favoured local content criteria alone would mean almost meeting the 70-point threshold for bid consideration. “While there is room for improvement, we consider these adjustments a step in the right direction,” a spokesperson for the council said.

A number of companies are already thought to be considering bids for the upcoming tender according to the Energy Administration, with Iberdrola, Danish investment firm Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), offshore wind specialists Corio, and Taiwanese offshore wind developer SRE Group among them.

CIP and Corio were both awarded offshore wind projects in January's 3GW tender round.

The Energy Administration said it will accept comments and suggestions on the provisional rules for round 3.2 until 11 October.