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Fabrication of pin piles for Taiwan Power Company’s offshore wind farm complete

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Jan De Nul-Hitachi consortium has completed the fabrication of all 84 pin piles for the Taiwan Power Company offshore wind farm phase 1 project.

The first pin piles fabricated in South Korea have been loaded at the yard for transport to Taiwan.

In total, seven batches of pin piles will be loaded at the South Korean yard on flat top barges pulled by ocean-going tugs. During the first load-out, the tug crew remained isolated from all operations near and on shore in order to avoid all risk of contamination with COVID-19.

For this overseas transport, Jan De Nul Group signed a contract with Hunghua Construction of Taiwan and Express Offshore Solutions from Singapore.

The load-out and transport of the 21 foundation jackets will start next month.

Jan De Nul Group procured 80 pin piles with a diameter of 3.1 m, a maximum length of 82 m and maximum weight of 310 tonnes at a South Korean fabrication yard managed by the Scottish company Edgen Murray.

Four other pin piles were ordered in Taiwan at the steel fabricator Ming Rong Yuan Business. These four pin piles are the very first Taiwan-made foundation components for the offshore wind farms in the country.

Upon arrival in Taiwan, the 80 pin piles from South Korea will be custom cleared before travelling to their final destination approximately 8 km off the coast of Fangyuan in Central Western Taiwan, where Jan De Nul Group is responsible for their installation.

The pin piles will be used to anchor the foundation jackets of the turbines to the seabed. Each jacket will be anchored by means of four pin piles. 

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