February 5, 2021 — Port of Taichung, TIPC has a key role to play in helping the Executive Yuan achieve the nationwide target of 5.7GW installed offshore wind farm generation capacity by 2025. Wharf Nos. 2, 5A, 5B, 36, and 106 and adjacent land at the port have already been reserved for firms to use in the manufacture, storage, assembly, and transport of wind turbines and related components. The infrastructure improvements at the port necessary to keep Taiwan’s wind farm development program on schedule wrapped up last year (2020) with the completion of Wharf 36 on October 21st.
According to an official statement, Wharf 36, built at a cost of NT$1.15 billion, extends for 340m in length and has a water depth of -16m and berth apron of 38m. In terms of uniformly distributed load (UDL) capacities, a 50m-long section of the wharf platform is rated at 40T/m2, while the remainder (290m) is rated at 20T/m2, giving the wharf the structural strength necessary to handle jack-up barges. Seabed reinforcement using a 4m-thick layer of stone in a 140x80m area off the berth further provides anchorage foundation support to turbine installation vessel offloading/onloading operations at 90T/m2. Moreover, in compliance with Taiwan eco-port promotion policies, all pipes installed for drainage and freshwater/electricity supplies meet current green / eco-port standards.
Port of Taichung President Sean Lu notes that Ørsted Taiwan has leased Wharf 36 together with 35ha of land adjacent to Wharf Nos. 35~37. The company has announced it will use its Port of Taichung base to receive wind turbine parts and to build and ship out turbine assemblies. The company will develop the southeast and southwest sections of the Greater Changhua wind farm area (total 900MW) during phase one (2020 – 2022) and the northwest and northeast sections of the same (total 920MW) during phase two (2025 – 2026). Active competition for these contracts are keeping Taiwan firmly on the path set by the Executive Yuan toward becoming a key center of green energy development in Asia.