DONG Energy, an offshore wind power developer from Denmark, opened an office in Taiwan on Wednesday.
DONG Energy has chosen Taiwan as its first stop in Asia and plans to build four offshore wind farms before exploring further offshore wind opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region, Taiwan's Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs (MOEA) Shen Jong-chin (???) said at the opening ceremony.
Shen said Taiwan does not rule out the possibility of establishing a joint venture with DONG Energy to break into the Asia Pacific market.
Meanwhile, Matthias Bausenwein, the company's general manager in Asia, said that DONG Energy very much believes in Taiwan's ambition to develop renewable energy and the market potential of offshore wind power in Asia.
Noting that 21 of 36 sites listed by Taiwan's Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) are located off Changhua on Taiwan's west coast, Bausenwein said the company plans to build four wind farms in the area.
Feasibility studies and environmental impact assessment of the projects are expected to be completed by 2017 before work to build the farms starts in 2020, according to Bausenwein.
Bausenwein further said that he expects the four wind farms in Taiwan to begin operations in 2021-2024, producing a minimum combined wind power generation capacity of 2GW.
In addition to installing wind turbines in Taiwan, Bausenwein said DONG Energy will also sign a letter of intent with Taiwan's non-profit Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) to undertake joint wind power research and development, technical training and wind power industry development.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel