Ørsted has signed a 15-year contract with Ta San Shang Marine for the manufacture of a service operation vessel for Ørsted’s Changhua offshore wind farms.
The contract represents the first-ever SOV in Taiwan and Asia Pacific.
Port of Taichung will be used as the base port for the POV, scheduled for delivery in early 2022.
The SOV will be used to provide O&M services for the Changhua offshore wind farms, which will be located 35 to 60 kilometers from the coastline.
“Ørsted develops, constructs and operates offshore wind farms around the world and is pioneering and driving offshore wind development in Taiwan. Not only are we building the O&M base in the Port of Taichung, we’re also setting an unprecedented industry practice in Taiwan and the region by deploying the bespoke service operation vessel for the Greater Changhua offshore wind farms. More importantly, this SOV contract has given the Taiwanese vessel supplier a unique opportunity to tap into state-of-the-art technology in the offshore wind industry.”Christy Wang, Taiwan general manager, Ørsted Asia Pacific
The new service operation vessel will guarantee ultimate workability and efficiency of the daily O&M performance offshore, and thus, the reliability and availability of the wind turbines, as it’s built to fit the complicated and harsh environment in the Taiwan strait.