Taiwan Power Corporation (Taipower) has announced a tender for a 30 MW wind power project, consisting of 15, 2 MW turbines at most. The plant will be developed in Mailiao town, Yunlin County, located in central Taiwan. For the first time, the utility is stipulating a 33% local content requirement. The project forms part of a 126 MW second phase in the utility's wind development program, split into four projects. As well as the 30 MW Mailiao project, these are a 46 MW plant in Chunghwa Industrial District, which Danish Vestas has been selected to supply with 2 MW turbines. Tenders for the remaining two projects, of 22 MW and 28 MW in Datan and Shihu, respectively, are due to be issued by the end of the year. All phase two projects are scheduled to start operating by the end of 2007. Taipower also plans a 104 MW third phase of wind development. It hopes to submit the plan for regulatory approval later this year, with a view to developing the projects between 2007 and 2010. Of the first phase, just 3.6 MW has come online so far -- six Vestas 600 kW wind turbines near the Taiwanese Nuclear Plant No.1, which began operating a year ago. The rest is due for completion by the end of this year, says Taipower. The largest project of 44 MW is being equipped with 2 MW machines supplied by Zephyros of the Netherlands for two sites at Taichung. GE Wind is supplying 26, 1.5 MW machines for installation at a further three sites: 20 are going up at Taoyuan, three near the Tatan Station and three at a site near the Taiwanese Nuclear Plant No.3. The remaining 12 MW of phase one, near Shinchu City in Taiwan, is using six Gamesa 2 MW wind turbines.
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