Jumbo Offshore has removed the final two monopiles at the Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan.

Jumbo finishes monopile removal process at Yunlin offshore wind farm

Source: Jumbo Offshore

The Dutch offshore transport and installation contractor deployed the DP2-enabled heavy lift Fairplayer, which travelled from Europe to complete the works. 

Fairplayer was equipped with an underwater abrasive cutting and lifting tool from Claxton Engineering Services, an ROV from IKM Subsea, and survey equipment from Reach Subsea. This equipment allowed the monopiles to be removed from the seabed, which were then transported to a local Taiwanese port and offloaded at the quayside. 

Working with subcontractors, Jumbo Offshore’s project management team and engineering construction crew executed the project. The removal operations began in May but the entire process, from contract to signing, took five months and encompassed the vessel’s journey from Europe to Taiwan.

HLPFI reported in February 2024 that this job was an expansion of Jumbo’s existing project scope, which included transport and installation of transition pieces for the project. Under the amendment, three monopiles that suffered from pile run in an earlier phase of the project needed to be removed. The first occurred in 2021 and the same again happened in 2022 and 2023. The first of the three affected monopiles was removed last year.

The 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind farm is developed by Yunneng Wind Power, a joint venture of Skyborn Renewables, TotalEnergies, Electricity Generating Public Company (EGCO) and Sojitz. The project is located in the Taiwan Strait between 8-17 km off Taiwan’s west coast. The 82 sq km offshore wind farm will ultimately comprise 80 turbines installed at water depths of between 8-35 m.