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Japan-funded offshore wind power farm completed in Taiwan

Wind turbines at the Tsu Cuo Liao wetland by the Taiwan Power Company in northern Taoyuan on December 8, 2015. (File photo/AFP)
Wind turbines at the Tsu Cuo Liao wetland by the Taiwan Power Company in northern Taoyuan on December 8, 2015. (File photo/AFP)
12 Nov 2019 09:11:12 GMT9
12 Nov 2019 09:11:12 GMT9

Miaoli, Taiwan

A ceremony to mark the completion of an offshore wind farm in Taiwan partly funded by Japan’s Jera Co. was held on Tuesday in Miaoli in northwestern Taiwan.

Formosa 1, the first offshore commercial wind farm in Taiwan with a total output of 128,000 kilowatts, is expected to start full-fledged operations shortly.

At the ceremony, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen said that Taiwan will make all-out efforts to realize the goal of increasing the share of renewable energy generation to 20 percent in 2025.

Tsai called for maintaining efforts to make Taiwan the center of renewable energy efforts in Asia.

Under its policy to abandon nuclear power generation by 2025, Taiwan aims to build wind farms that generate a total of 5.7 million kilowatts by the year.

Jera, a joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. and Chubu Electric Power Co., holds a 32.5 percent stake in the Formosa 1 project. Other shareholders are companies in Australia, Denmark and Taiwan.

The project has 22 wind turbines rising to 180 meters above the sea. Two of them started commercial operations in April 2017.

When fully operated, the farm will be able to cover power demand from as many as 128,000 households. The electricity generated will be sold to Taiwan Power Company for 20 years.

Jera has decided to join a project for Formosa 2, whose electricity output will total 376,000 kilowatts, and is considering participating in a Formosa 3 project, for which bidding has not started.

The company aims to capitalize on business opportunities in Japan, which lags far behind Taiwan in offshore wind power generation development.

Jera hopes to be “a specialist in offshore wind power generation” by developing know-how in Taiwan and others, Jera President Satoshi Onoda said.

Jiji Press

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