In close cooperation with the Netherlands Trade & Investment Office (NTIO) in Taipeh and the Netherlands Consulate General in Hong Kong, HHWE organised a four day offshore wind trade mission to Taiwan and Hong Kong. This mission, joined by ECE Offshore, Dutch Drilling Consultants (DDC), ICE Vibro, Move Renewable and Royal IHC, was a follow-up of an earlier mission that took place in April of this year.
Taiwan launched a grant scheme to support construction of the island's first offshore wind farms in December 2012. The initiative is designed to help the country reach its goal of installing 600MW of offshore wind capacity by 2020 and 3GW by 2030. Recently grants have been awarded to three developers, with each required to deliver a two-turbine pilot project by 2015 and a 100-200MW offshore wind farm by 2020.
Visits were paid to the three offshore wind developers, Formosa Power Cooperation, Taiwan Generations Corp and Taiwan Power. Also visits were made to Engineering Swancor and Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center (SOIC). The Dutch offshore wind experts showed their strenghts in drilling, piling and cable laying.
In Hong Kong feasibility studies and EIA's have been completed on two offshore wind parks, the Lamma project and Sai Kung project. Visits were paid to the power companies Hong Kong Electric (Lamma) and CLP (Sai Kung) that are responsible for developing the projects. The Hong Kong government will not make a hasty decision on offshore wind deployment, as costs and the impact on the environment still needs to be investigated more closely. During a visit to the Buildings Department (in charge of approval of the offshore wind parks) the issues of noise mitigation in piling and risks in cable laying were addressed.
General remarks and conclusion
- Knowledge in offshore wind by Taiwanese and Hong Kong companies is still limited.
- On short term Taiwan is a very promising market, because of the offshore wind projects have been approved.
- Many oppurtunities exists for Dutch companies involved in offshore installation work, like piling, drilling, pile/structure transportation, cable laying, dedicated vessels etc.
- Both wind industries in Taiwan and Hong Kong are very eager to learn from the Netherlands and are willing to cooperate.