The Asia-Pacific Offshore Wind Sector Just Achieved a ‘Breakthrough Moment’

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs this week released the results of an offshore wind auction that will add 3.8 GW of capacity to its grid.

Danish offshore wind developer Ørsted and Germany’s wpd were the top winners, out of seven winning bidders.

Martin Neubert, executive vice president and CEO of Ørsted Wind Power, called the auction “a breakthrough moment for offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Ørsted said it was awarded the right to connect 900 MW of offshore wind capacity to the grid with its 605-MW Changhua 1 project and 295-MW Changhua 2 project. Both projects are scheduled to connect to the grid in 2021. According to the company, it obtained site exclusivity on four offshore wind sites with a total potential capacity of 2.4 GW between 35-60 km from the shore of Changhua County in Taiwan.

German wind power developer wpd won the right to connect 1 GW to the grid from two offshore wind projects. The company said that its 650/700-MW Yunlin project will be built 8 km off the coast of Yunlin County in Taiwan as early as 2020. In addition, the company’s 350-MW Guanyin project will be built 2 km off the coast of Taoyuan County in 2021.

Ørsted said that Taiwan’s government expects to auction up to 2 GW of offshore wind capacity in June.

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Jennifer Delony, analyst for TransmissionHub, started her career as a B2B news editor in the local and long-distance telecommunications industries in the '90s. Jennifer began covering renewable energy issues at the local level in 2005 and covered U.S. and Canadian utility-scale wind energy as editor of North American Windpower magazine from 2006-2009. She also provides analysis for the oil and natural gas sectors as editor of Oilman Magazine.

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