European offshore wind cabling expertise in demand in Taiwan

The agreement will see the Longitude team assess a cable lay barge The agreement will see the Longitude team assess a cable lay barge

With significant natural wind resources and excellent conditions for offshore construction, Taiwan is aiming to develop 3GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030. In order to achieve this target, local firms are increasingly looking to work with experienced offshore wind energy firms and benefit from the transfer of skills and knowledge from more established European markets.

LOC Renewables, through its specialist naval architectural design and engineering team, Longitude Engineering, has been contracted to undertake a month-long feasibility study on behalf of premier Taiwanese subsea cable installer, Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering. The agreement will see the Longitude team assess a cable lay barge for Woen Jinn and advise on the specifications and conversion work required to fit the barge for offshore wind operations.

Late last year LOC Renewables signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with four regional partners, outlining its intention to further offshore wind farm development and construction in Taiwan. This feasibility study will now see Longitude identify the cable lay barge specifications required for Taiwanese offshore wind farms, and advise on the upgrades required to meet these.

In addition to better quantifying the scope of conversion work required to prepare Woen Jinn’s flagship cable installation barge, the WJ#5, for the offshore wind market, Longitude will provide ongoing support during the barge’s operation life. Longitude is also working with Woen Jinn to determine its role as owners’ engineer, during the necessary design engineering to convert the cable lay barge to a fit-for-purpose vessel.

Nicolas Cazeres, Managing Director at Longitude’s Singapore office said: “Supported by staff in the UK, our Chinese-speaking team in Singapore will ensure that the knowledge and experience we have built up in European markets is successfully leveraged and deployed in Taiwan and the surrounding region.”

Cheng Yu (Bruce) Lee, Director at Woen Jinn Harbor Engineering said: “As we plan for the future of offshore wind power in Taiwan, our co-operation with Longitude Engineering in barge design and related verification activities will allow us to continue to deliver a first-class local cable installation service in Taiwan.”

As Taiwan’s offshore wind sector continues to develop, Longitude and LOC Renewables will bring their end-to-end experience across the project lifecycle to bear on all stages of the evaluation and review of offshore wind farms.

The LOC Renewables team is a part of LOC Group, a marine and engineering consultancy and survey company that was founded in 1979. Headquartered in London, the Group operates over 30 offices in 15 countries around the world, employing over 400 staff.

By Jake Frith

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