Jan De Nul began construction works for the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm in Taiwan. Nearshore and onshore building work started at the landfall site in Miaoli County and Taichung port.
The nearshore pre-trenching works and Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) from the shore has started at the landfall site in Miaoli County. Four HDDs will be drilled in total at the site of the landfall.
For pre-trenching near HDD exits, the configuration of in-house developed Starfish excavators was specifically adapted to suit Taiwanese offshore wind projects.
Meanwhile, 50 kilometers south in Taichung, work on onshore preparations is well underway with Hung Hua Construction preparing the storage area for pin piles and jackets arriving later this year.
The Jan De Nul Group has signed various service and subcontract agreements with local Taiwanese entities.
Jan De Nul Group set up its local supply chain with the help of its longtime partner Hung Hua Construction and naming Taichung Port as the marshaling harbor for the project.
These include preparations for foundation structure storage and transportation, installation of transition joint bays, and various offshore support vessels.
“Our local integration has been ongoing for years thanks to our past experience of various marine activities throughout the region. In the past months, we have signed several agreements with local suppliers for this project in Taiwan. Our local partner Hung Hua Construction has been working with us on the Formosa 1 Phase 2 project, now completed, as well as on the Changhua project and the Formosa 2 project, both under construction. These engagements fit perfectly in our philosophy of involving the local supply chain as much as possible.”Peter De Pooter, manager offshore renewables at Jan De Nul.
Once fully constructed, Formosa 2 will be one of Taiwan’s largest offshore wind projects, utilizing 47 market-leading 8 MW turbines to produce 376 MW, enough to provide up to 380,000 Taiwanese families with green energy.