Heerema Signs Changhua Contract

21 jacket foundations

Engineering firm Heerema Marine Contractors has signed an agreement with an offshore wind power consortium in Taiwan to support construction of the proposed Changhua Windfarm Phase 1 project.

The deal was awarded by consortium partner Jan de Nul and will involve transport of 21 breakbulk jacket foundations to the offshore site. Four of the foundation pieces will be legged design. 

“This is our first contract in Taiwan, thus another major milestone. This Changhua project re-emphasizes Heerema’s commitment to operate in wind projects all over the world and strengthen our position in the Asian offshore wind market,” Koos-Jan van Brouwershaven, CEO of Heerema Marine Contractors, said.
The consortium developing the project consists of Dutch engineering firm Jan de Nul and Hitachi, working on behalf of Taiwan Power Company (TPC). The proposed construction will take place eight kilometres off the coast of Changhua county, at a water depths of up to 28 meters.
“The installation will be done by Heerema’s fast sailing heavy lift vessel “Aegir”. Aegir is capable of executing challenging projects such as these and is perfectly suited to install the 21 foundations in the harsh conditions in which this project takes place. The foundations must be able to withstand extreme Taiwanese circumstances such as earthquakes, typhoons and high waves,” Brouwershaven added.
The project is scheduled to start in March 2020 with planned completion in early June 2020. 
Strategic shift
The new contract follows a change in strategy by HMC las tyear which involved reappraisal of “the highly competitive pipe lay market” and conversion of its deep water construction vessel Aegir to a fast sailing heavy lift vessel.
“We have to continue our process of transforming into a marine contractor which is leaner, more efficient and capable of benefiting from the opportunities the offshore market still represents,” Pieter Heerema, chairman of HMC, said at the time.
Headquartered in the Netherlands, Heerema Marine Contractors transports, installs, and removes all types of offshore facilities, including fixed and floating structures, and subsea pipelines and infrastructures in shallow, deep, and ultra-deep waters.
Photo: Signing ceremony. Credit: HMC