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Alliance to develop offshore wind power formed

2016/11/09 12:49:42

Taipei, Nov. 9 (CNA) An alliance to develop offshore wind power was formed on Wednesday to tap into the commercial opportunities created by Taiwan's policy to develop green energy.

The alliance, signed at CSBC Corp. Taiwan (台船) in Kaohsiung, also includes Taiwan Power Co., China Steel, Chunghwa Telecom, the Steel Industries Research and Development Centre, the Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center, Industrial Technology Research Institute, the CR Classification Society and major companies.

CSBC will coordinate the alliance and rely on its specialties to jointly plan, install and maintain facilities and train people for offshore wind power construction work.

The state-owned shipbuilder said offshore wind power construction is still in an early stage, but the strong experience and technology of the alliance's members are well positioned to take advantage of the green energy opportunities that exist.

CSBC, whose core business is shipbuilding, has engaged in offshore wind power energy development in recent years and set up a meteorological and oceanographic observation tower off Fangyuan in Changhua County, the first in Taiwan, in July 2015.

Sources said Taiwan is well-suited for the development of offshore wind power energy because the top 10 natural offshore wind farms in the world are in the Taiwan Strait.

Taiwan has the potential to develop 11.5 GW of wind power, and could install a total of 5.7 GW, and its output value in 2030 could reach NT$700 billion (US$22.3 billion) by 2030 and create nearly 20,000 jobs, according to the Bureau of Energy under the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The alliance, known as the Marine-Team, has set goals in two stages: develop 520 MW of wind power by the end of 2020, and the development of 3,000 MW of wind power by the end of 2025.

(By Chen Che-fon and Lilian Wu)