Ørsted has hired EGST to conduct three geophysical surveys over its Taiwanese Greater Changhua offshore wind project.
The company will conduct seabed mobility survey, export and array cable survey, and potential archaeology inspection, for the four sites of Greater Changhua, to progress detailed wind farm designs.
EGST, a joint venture established by Dragon Prince, Pan Formosa and EGS, carried out the general site investigation for Greater Changhua during the Environmental Impact Assessment and project development phases.
The detailed survey field works, using Polaris and Solaris vessels, will start from May to July this year. The survey data processing and interpretation will be finished by end of 2018, the company informed.
Based on the data, Ørsted will have lessons learned meetings with the contractor, and use the data to progress the foundation design and installation, and cable design and installation.
Matthias Bausenwein, Ørsted’s general manager for Asia Pacific said, “In the past two years of cooperation, our technical team has shared the global standards and requirements for offshore wind farms and elevated EGST’s capabilities for seabed geophysical survey and marine investigation technology, vessel handling and health, safety and environmental standards. Our contract today is the best example that our efforts in supporting EGST become well-prepared for offshore wind industry have already paid off.”
Hsin-Chih Huang, EGST’s general manager, added, “We are very pleased to receive contracts from Ørsted, totaling more than USD 5 million, to conduct Greater Changhua the site investigation two year in a row. We also feel very grateful for Ørsted’s continuous sharing of professional knowledge and experience with Taiwanese suppliers, and dedication in developing local capacity for offshore wind.”
Ørsted’s Greater Changhua project includes four sites located 35 to 60 kilometers off the Changhua coast. The total capacity is expected to be 2.4GW, which could power 2.8 million households in Taiwan.