Boskalis bags large foundation contract for Taiwanese offshore wind farm

Artist impression Bokalift 2

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Boskalis) has been awarded a large foundation contract for the 600 MW Taiwanese Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm (CFXD OWF), a project by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. The contract was awarded to Boskalis in partnership with Taiwanese partner Hwa Chi Construction Co. Ltd.

The companies will execute the project as BoWei (Boskalis HwaChi Offshore Wind Taiwan Co. Ltd.). The two companies have already worked together on marine construction projects in Taiwan over the past 30 years.

The CFXD wind farm is located approximately 15 kilometers off the coast of Changhua County. The scope includes the transportation and installation of sixty two three-legged jacket foundations and the accompanying 186 pin piles. In line with the local content requirement policy for OWF developments in Taiwan, BoWei will subcontract work to local suppliers including the sourcing of support vessels, local engineering and logistic services. Engineering and pre-construction works commenced recently and the project is scheduled to be executed in the period 2021-2023.

The contract value is substantial which, according to Boskalis means between 150-300 million Euro. The contract is subject to financial close of the wind farm, expected later this year.

New crane vessel Bokalift 2
Boskalis will be the launching project for the new Bokalift 2 crane vessel. Similar to the successful Bokalift 1, Boskalis will convert an existing hull to create the Bokalift 2 crane vessel. The DP2 vessel will have accommodation for 150 persons, 7,500 m2 of free deck space, and a 4,000 ton revolving crane capable of lifting structures more than 100 meters high. The crane vessel can be deployed for both the installation of current and future generation offshore wind turbine foundations as well as oil and gas structures in addition to serving the decommissioning and salvage market.

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