Following the completion of infrastructure improvements, Taiwan International Ports Corporation’s (TIPC) port of Taichung is set to receive wind turbine components.
The NT1.15 billion (USD41.4 million) wharf 36 was completed October 21, 2020. The wharf measures 340 m long, has a water depth of 16 m, and berth apron of 38 m.
A 50 m-long section of the wharf has a 40-tonne per sq m rating; the remaining 290 m has a capacity of 20 tonnes per sq m. This, according to TIPC, gives the wharf the structural strength to handle jack-up barges.
Seabed reinforcement also enables the facility to support the loading and offloading operations of turbine installation vessels.
Sean Lu, port of Taichung president, said that Ørsted Taiwan has leased the wharf together with 35 ha of land. The company will use the base to receive wind turbine parts and to build and ship out turbine assemblies – specifically supporting the development of the Changhua offshore wind farm – according to the port.
The port of Taichung said that this will help Taiwan achieve its target of having 5.7 GW of installed offshore wind energy capacity by 2025.