ITP presented and exhibited at the Taiwanese Government’s Offshore Wind Power Investment International Conference and Exhibition on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th August 2016. The event, which was held at the Taipei World Trade Centre, has been instigated and funded by the Government’s Ministry of Economic Affairs; the ministry with ultimate responsibility for offshore wind in Taiwan. The country’s Vice President, Mr Chen Chien-jen, attended to open the conference and his presence demonstrates the new Taiwanese Government’s political commitment for offshore wind, recognising the sector’s potential to provide a significant proportion of the country’s energy mix and help to replace its nuclear power capacity which is set to be phased out by 2025.
Taiwan has set a target of 3GW of offshore wind to be installed by 2025, preceded by a short-term target of 4 demonstration offshore wind turbines by the end of 2016 and a mid-term target of 520MW by 2020. The country’s first two turbines are due to be installed imminently at Swancor’s Formosa offshore wind project and will be the project’s first phase, providing 8MW of capacity, with the second phase due to provide an additional 120MW by 2019.