DNV GL will provide SDMS with support around jacket fabrication and manufacturing for offshore wind farms in Taiwan, based on its global expertise.
TAIPEI, Taiwan – 5 June 2020 – DNV GL, the world’s largest resource of independent energy experts and certification body, today announced that it has signed a contract with Sing Da Marine Structure (SDMS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Steel Corporation (CSC) to support the government’s localization efforts towards offshore project development and building up of the local supply chain in Taiwan.
The signing ceremony was held in the SDMS office, with DNV GL representatives dialling in virtually to participate in the occasion.
This new collaboration between DNV GL and SDMS follows the conclusion of a successful partnership between DNV GL and CSC, where DNV GL experts supported CSC in the development of its Zone 29 offshore wind farm with technical inputs and specialist support based on their experience around the globe.
The Bureau of Energy, Ministry of Economic Affairs aims for 20% of electricity generation, or 30GW, to come from renewables by 2025. Offshore wind is expected be a main enabler in achieving this target, contributing 5.7GW out of the 30GW planned.
On top of the 2025 goal, additional offshore wind generation capacity of 1GW / year has been announced for the years 2026-2035 as part of the Phase III Zonal Development plans. Taking into account the 10GW slated for the upcoming Phase III auction, a total of 15.7GW of offshore wind will be constructed in Taiwan by 2035. With the localization requirements set by the government, the need for a self-sustaining supply chain be key to meet this rapid development.
This collaboration will bring together DNV GL’s experience from established offshore markets such as Europe, and SDMS’ strong knowledge in steel manufacturing to meet the above targets. DNV GL will provide SDMS with risk mitigation advice around technical, logistical, and quality during its jacket fabrication process.
With these localization efforts, international developers entering Taiwan will be able to tap on local talents and companies like SDMS in the various stages of offshore project development. An SDMS spokesperson said, “As we gear up to prepare for the Phase III auctions, DNV GL’s global experience, combined with their understanding of the local requirements, will be key for us to provide top quality support structures for offshore wind projects in Taiwan.”
Minghui Zhang, Head of Section, Renewables Advisory Taiwan at DNV GL – Energy said, “DNV GL has been supporting various international and local stakeholders since the offshore wind sector started in Taiwan. We are excited to bring this knowledge into our partnership with SDMS, and looking forward to supporting more local players and knowledge sharing initiatives to help accelerate the growth of this promising market.”
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