Ørsted Breaks Ground on Changhua Project

Onshore Substation to Connect 900MW Farm

Wind power developer Ørsted has broken ground on its Changhua offshore project in Taiwan.

The ground-breaking ceremony marked the beginning of work for the onshore substation of the Changhua 1 and 2a projects. Engineering, procurement and construction will proceed to develop two onshore substations, cable corridors, and transition joint bays for the 900 megawatt Greater Changhua projects.

"Together with the EPC contractor SEC, Changhua 1&2a projects will implement the highest global QHSE standards … including sending archaeological experts to the site and controlling air pollution and noise,” said Matthias Bausenwein, president of Ørsted Asia Pacific and chairman of Ørsted Taiwan.

Breakbulk Transport

The Changhua project will be built by SEC, a subsidiary of Taiwan Cogeneration Corp., and construction is expected to involve major breakbulk transport with up to 1,000 staff employed at peak.

Design consultancy will be provided by Taiwan Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Services and GIBSIN Engineers together with National Taipei University, while Chung-Hsin Electric and Machinery Manufacturing Corp. will supply gas insulated switchgears and Fortune Electric Corp. will supply super grid transformers.

“Reiju Construction Corp. will construct the onshore substations and Jen-Yi Construction Corp. will construct the culvert box,” a spokesperson for the firm said.

2.4GW of New Capacity

The windfarm is part of push by the Taiwanese authorities to invest in offshore wind power, with a total of 2.4 gigawatts of new capacity planned.

This commitment resulted in the first commercial-scale offshore wind project in Taiwan - Formosa 1 - coming online earlier this year.

Based in Fredericia, Denmark, Ørsted is one of the largest wind developers in the world and has installed an estimated 25 percent of the installed offshore-wind capacity in the world, according to Nordea Bank.