The Port of Taichung, a subsidiary of the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), is progressing with port development to support the construction of wind farms. TIPCs renovation plans include support facilities at Wharf Nos. 2, 5A, 5B, 36, and 106. They will be used for component production, storage, assembly, and transport. The port completed work at the beginning of this year on the first of several dedicated wind turbine wharves. With Wharf No. 2 complete, it will support efforts to install new wind turbines at the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind farm. Formosa I is located off the coast of Miaoli, Taiwan. Phase 1 includes two Siemens 4MW demonstration turbines which were installed in 2016. Phase 2 will add a further 20 6MW turbines with a total output of 120MW. This was followed by news that the British Office in Taipei and Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint co-operation in respect of the development of Taiwan’s offshore wind industry. The signing was witnessed by Wen-Sheng, Tseng, Vice Minister of Economic Affairs and representatives from leading companies in the UK offshore wind supply chain. Under this MoU, further exchange in the areas of policy, strategy, technology, operations & maintenance to promote offshore wind port & marine sector will be accelerated adding on the already close co-operation between the UK and Taiwan offshore wind sector, as the two parties agreed to increase information sharing and co-operation. Ms. Catherine Nettleton, Representative of the British Office, said: "I hope that our collaboration will make a significant contribution to the development of Taiwan’s port infrastructure during the construction, operation and management phases of Taiwan’s offshore wind farms. This MoU signing coincides with the recent announcement by the UK government of a new offshore wind sector deal in the UK, which commits more government resources to technology innovation, will provide long-term certainty for industry to deliver a low-cost and clean energy system for the UK, and will broaden our offshore wind skills base. The UK has the biggest offshore wind capacity in the world, and through this we have built up a great deal of experience and expertise that we look forward to sharing with TIPC and other offshore wind partners in Taiwan." Mr. Ying-Feng Chung, President of Port of Taichung, TIPC said: " I am very glad that the Port of Taichung will be welcoming the pre-assembly operation of Taiwan’s first pilot wind farm in March this year. In the future, with the progress of constant wind farm construction, we can see the port area be busy with operations on large turbine components and wind farm support vessels both onshore and offshore. Signature of MoU with the British Office Taipei aims to borrow the UK’s forward-looking development experience in offshore wind farms in order to broaden our global horizon as a green energy port and enhance the performance of related port facilities and services. Hopefully, in the future, we can have even more exchange of information on related offshore wind harbour and marine affairs." Taiwan is currently relying on coal, gas and nuclear energy to generate its power and it has the world’s largest coal fired power station. After deciding to phase out nuclear power by 2025 - with nuclear energy accounting for some 40% of power generation in the past - the Taiwanese Government aims to make up for the resulting shortfall by expanding renewable energies and most of all offshore wind power. The Government aims to install 5.5GW of offshore wind power by 2025. For more information on the Taiwanese offshore wind market overall, click here. You can also view projects worldwide on 4C Offshores Interactive map.