Creating a supply chain from scratch

From day one, Ørsted has been committed to working closely with potential local suppliers. During the construction of Greater Changhua 1 & 2a, we’ve worked with 200+ local suppliers and sub-suppliers to deliver Taiwan’s first world-class offshore wind farms and more than 7,200 direct and indirect jobs were created

Realizing the full potential of the local supply chain through our initiatives

Jacket foundations and pin piles

Ørsted is proud to have supported local suppliers for our Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms. For example, new market entrant Taiwan suppliers Sing Da Marine Structure (SDMS) for the fabrication of jacket foundations, and Century Wind Power (CWP), Formosa Heavy Industries Corporation (FHIC), and CSBC Corporation Taiwan (CSBC) for the manufacture of pin piles. These made-in-Taiwan jacket foundations and pin piles have now been successfully installed in the Taiwan Strait.

Jacket foundations:

Each jacket foundation weighs more than 1,200 tons with a height of 60-80 meters (20-30 stories) and comprising of more than a thousand components. These gigantic underwater structures are custom designed to meet the specific weather and seabed conditions for the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms to ensure that they can last for at least 25-30 years at sea. In August 2022, SDMS delivered six 100% made-in-Taiwan jacket foundations.

Going extra miles for local supply chain cultivation

Thanks to an ambitious partnership between the Taiwanese Government and the offshore wind industry, Taiwan aims to produce more than 20 GW of offshore wind power by 2035.

Ørsted is playing a leading role in this green transformation. We are going the extra mile from investment to knowledge-sharing in order to drive a healthy growth of the industry. 

In 2020, we launched the Offshore Wind Industrial Development Fund to support the ramp up of technological capabilities of local sub-suppliers with good potential and nurture local talent. Ørsted also supported the launch of a supplier portal to enable developers across the region to connect with suppliers for their renewable energy projects.

Notably, Ørsted along with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (Siemens Gamesa), inaugurated a nacelle assembly facility at the Port of Taichung in September 2021, the first of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region to deliver locally assembled nacelles. 

In August 2022, Ørsted inaugurated Asia-Pacific’s largest, first green-designed operations and maintenance hub at the Port of Taichung to ensure optimal performance of the wind farms and stable output of clean energy. 


Trial procurement for pin piles

Through the joint efforts of Ørsted and FHIC, six test pin-piles were completed in 2019.This laid a strong foundation for FHIC to execute the pin pile contract for our Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms. FHIC gained valuable experience in this fabrication, which significantly shortened the learning curve in the fabrication of actual products and improved the product acceptance rate for all inspections.

Transition piece mock-up

Ørsted offers transition piece mock-up contracts to support local suppliers in learning design specifications and manufacturing requirements of the transition pieces during the initial phase. With these mock-up contracts, Ørsted has helped local foundation suppliers including SDMS and CWP to elevate their understanding of international manufacturing practice and QHSE standards in the offshore wind industry.

Onshore substation EPC contract

An EPC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction) contract was signed between Ørsted and Taiwan Cogeneration Corporation (TCC), with a value of more than NTD 7 billion. Star Energy, a subsidiary of TCC, is responsible for all deliverables under this onshore substation EPC contract for the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms, including the construction of two onshore substations, cable corridors, and transition joint bays. There was strict compliance with offshore wind industry QHSE standards throughout the entire construction period.

Enhancing localisation for harbour facilities at the Port of Taichung

In February 2020, Ørsted signed a lease contract with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) for TIPC-managed wharfs at the Port of Taichung and their rear lands. We supported the revamp of these facilities to provide support for the construction of the Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Farms.

Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance Hub begins operations

The Ørsted Taiwan Offshore Wind Farm Operations and Maintenance Hub at the Port of Taichung has been completed and begun operations. It is the first offshore wind operations and maintenance (O&M) facility with sustainable design and numerous green solutions in the Asia-Pacific region. It is also the largest in terms of size and offshore service capacity in the region. The O&M hub is built with the aim to provide O&M services for Greater Changhua offshore Wind Farms with a combined installed capacity of 2.4 GW.

First offshore wind nacelle assembly facility in Asia-Pacific, creating jobs for local communities

Siemens Gamesa was awarded the contract to supply 111 SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine generators (WTGs) to the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms. Siemens Gamesa committed to accelerating a local nacelle assembly facility, following the final investment decision on the wind farms made by Ørsted in 2019. The facility was completed in August 2021, significantly earlier than the localisation timeline announced by the authorities and has created many jobs for local communities. Among these 111 WTGs, 75 of them were completed in the nacelle assembly facility by Siemens Gamesa at the Port of Taichung.

Offshore Wind Industrial Development Fund

Fully funded by Ørsted with a total amount of NTD 60 million, the Offshore Wind Industrial Development Fund (IDF) was launched to provide extra expertise and resources to strengthen local supply chain capability on offshore wind. Since then, the IDF has supported 40 local enterprises in technology localization projects and 150 local talents to receive high-level welding training or Global Wind Organisation training.

Wind Power Supply Chain Platform

Offshore wind farms require various services during the O&M phase, such as catering, transportation, and property management. Ørsted Taiwan therefore set up the Wind Power Supply Chain Platform and handed it to the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre for daily operation. Setting an example, we were the first company to place ten contract requests with a total value of over NTD 100 million, inviting small-and-medium enterprises in Taiwan to be part of our supply chain and share the long-term business opportunities in the offshore wind sector.

Innovation and new technology

Ørsted is the No.1 knowledge centre for offshore wind. We are at the forefront of innovation, R&D, technology development and cost reduction in offshore energy. We are proud to support and collaborate with innovative companies and research organisations in renewable energy and the industries of the future.

Here are some examples: 


Dual-Doppler Radar Project

Ørsted has brought in the world's only Dual-Doppler Radar System applied to offshore wind, delivering advanced wind energy measurement technology to Taiwan. We have built an academic collaboration and knowledge-sharing network for our local and international academic research partners, including National Taiwan University, National Central University, Chinese Culture University, Technical University of Denmark, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and the US technology company SmartWind Technologies. The data collected from the radar system will support development of integration technologies for custom-made products on weather predication, as well as provide an understanding of the dynamics of typhoons and the effects of tropical weather phenomena to offshore wind farms.

MW-size energy storage pilot system

Ørsted Taiwan has developed the first MW-size energy storage pilot system in Taiwan, which was donated to the National Changhua University of Education (NCUE). The energy storage system is used as backup power supply for the campus and enable research in technologies including smart grid and energy storage. Working together with the Changhua County Government, NCUE, Taipower, and ITRI, Ørsted Taiwan has established a platform for energy storage research and applications, which has driven the development of energy storage system in Taiwan and helped the NCUE to become one of the top 100 universities in the World University Impact Rankings.
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