Ørsted and Changhua County Government teams up to establish local offshore wind power network
On 6 March, Ørsted and Changhua County Government held a local supplier event with nearly 100 local companies participating. Ørsted had invited DWP System Supplier (formerly DJURS Wind Power), a network for offshore wind industry players in Denmark, to share best practice of how Ørsted collaborates with local suppliers in Denmark. The Industrial Development & Investment Promotion Committee of Changhua County (IDIPC) will collaborate with DWP System Supplier to copy the successful practice to Changhua with the aim of establishing a local offshore wind suppliers network.
At the event, Ørsted and Changhua County Government extended their invitation to Changhua's local industries from various fields, including life services throughout the wind farm construction, operation and maintenance phases. This could be catering, hospitality and transportation – services that are needed from the initial stage of construction, including medical insurance, legal and financial consultancy, tool manufacturing, electricity-related factory construction, onshore and offshore engineering, etc. Ørsted and its contractor detailed the procurement demands of each phase for local companies to understand the substantial business opportunity brought by offshore wind.
Matthias Bausenwein, Ørsted's General Manager Asia Pacific and Chairman Taiwan, elaborated: "Ørsted's four Greater Changhua projects will be located 35 to 60km from the coastline. Once we secure the grid capacity and permits in the first half of this year, we hope to sign an EPC contact for the first onshore substation in the third quarter and start construction next year. The onshore substation EPC contract value for one project is more than NT$ 3 billion. Our EPC contractors will definitely look for local builders and suppliers to deliver the construction. We look forward to having more local SMEs join the offshore wind power industry and share in the vast business opportunity."