Heavy lift specialist Mammoet announced it will open a new office in Taichung, Taiwan. The new office, Mammoet’s third in Taiwan, will allow the company to be located closer to project sites and to offer onshore services for offshore wind farms locally.
The company said it decided to open a new office in Taiwan due to the rapid expansion of the company’s business in the country with joint venture partner Giant Heavy Machinery Services Corp and its recent cooperation with Taiwan International Ports Corporation. The cooperation with TIPC will operate under the name TIPH which stands for Taiwan International Ports Heavy-Machinery Co.
The choice for a new office is strategical. The Taiwan government has plans to achieve 25% of local electricity generation from renewable sources – in particular wind energy via offshore wind farms. Following the successful Formosa 1 demonstration project, with 22 turbines of 8 MW generating enough energy for 130,000 homes, the Taiwan government is planning future wind projects adding 1GW per year until 2035.
Taichung Port has been earmarked to be the offshore hub for years to come. The new Mammoet office will be located next to a quay area which is marked for turbine pre-assembly work.
From the new office Mammoet will provide engineering, heavy lifting and transportation solutions including marshalling, ballasting, weighing, load-in and load-out transportation services. As for equipment, Mammoet Taiwan now has 200+ axle-lines of SPMT and a super heavy lift PTC200 DS ring crane. Services are supported by a well-connected leadership team and workforce of over 150 employees.
Chris Schraa, Managing Director for Mammoet Taiwan, said: “Our strong joint venture with Giant Heavy Machinery Services Corp and the new cooperation with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation means that the time now is right for us to move closer to where we execute our projects. We have extensive experience in delivering safe and timely engineered solutions for wind power and renewables projects and aim to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.”
Mammoet will now have a total of three offices on the island. The offices are located in: Hsinchu, Taichung and Kaohsiung. All three locations offer various services as well as workshop facilities for in-house maintenance and repair. Mammoet believes these three offices together will enable the company to create a cohesive service network to further strengthen Mammoet’s service capabilities in Taiwan.