IX Wind, with its headquarters in the Netherlands, and Foxwell Energy, a subsidiary of Taiwanese renewables company Shinfox Energy, have officially entered into a cooperation. Entering this new, formal agreement ensures a long term commitment and stability in the realization of the Taiwan Power Company (TPC/Taipower) Offshore Wind Power Generation Phase II Project in Changhua County Waihai, Taiwan.
Foxwell Energy had won the tender for the development of the Taipower Offshore Wind Project Phase II in 2020. Phase II, also known as Zone 26, is located between 14 to 25 km off the coast and will have a power of almost 300 MW. It will consist of 31 Vestas 9.5 MW wind turbines on jacket foundations by Century Steel Structure. The turbines will be installed in water depths ranging between 37 and 49 metres. The annual power generation is expected to exceed 1 GWh.
The project for Foxwell involves the full scope of engineering, procurement, construction, installation and operation and maintenance for the following years. Foxwell Energy is the first company in Taiwan to execute a full EPCI contract. The specific demands that are implied with a state owned company project can form a challenge, as well as complying with the Taiwanese local content demands.
Role IX Wind
In the past year, IX Wind has already been executing the role of advisor for Foxwell and is leading the procurement of the Wind Turbine Generators. One of the new roles of IX Wind is expanding the Taipower Phase II OWF project team with experts, package leads and senior management. The experts that will be reinforcing the project team originate from both IX Wind, as well as from IX Wind’s international network. Since December 2020 the project team has gone through significant developments. The team is expanded to continuously improve.
“With Foxwell Energy, we have found a very strong local partner with whom we can realize many of our ambitions for the global energy transition. We feel the capabilities of both companies complement each other, but we also have very similar ambitions on the field of renewable energy. Leveraging European expertise with Taiwanese local content, our focusses lay on different parts of the project, but our visions and ideas are the same.”Eric Kamphues (IX Wind)
Assembling this blend of international and local expertise is all about a long term vision that IX Wind and Foxwell Energy share: The focus is not just on completing the Zone 26 project, but also on laying the foundation for the inheritance of knowledge and expertise that bridges cultures and disciplines. As an integrated part of the Taiwanese team, IX Wind entered a very close cooperation with Foxwell, which is one of the key-elements that ensures that Foxwell will have the right offshore wind farm project team now and in the future.
“We have been most fortunate to have a capable and flexible partner as IX Wind to bring international industry knowhow into our project in such a short period of time. By mixing European expertise and young Taiwanese engineers in the project, the cooperation plants a seed for the future of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan.”David Poo (Foxwell Energy
According to the current schedule and the course of actions, Phase II will be operational in 2025. Construction will begin in 2024 and the production of the balance of plant components will commence in 2022. Several production locations for local content components are already being constructed.
TPC completed the Phase I Offshore Wind Power Project, with 21 wind turbines in October this year. Source: IX Wind