Van Oord has been awarded a cable installation contract by Ørsted for the Taiwanese Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind farms. It is the company’s first cable contract in Taiwan.
The 900 MW Greater Changhua are located between 35 and 60 kilometres off the west coast of Changhua County, Taiwan. Van Oord is responsible for the transportation, installation and burial of the 111 inter array cables, with a total length of approximately 135 kilometres, and the 3 export cables, with a total of approximately 145 kilometres. To carry out the work, Van Oord will deploy its dedicated cable-laying vessel Nexus, equipped with a cable carousel with a capacity of 5,000 tonnes. Van Oord’s own trencher Dig-It will bury the cables to the required depth. Van Oord will work closely together with Taiwanese engineering service providers and support vessel owners to complete this cable installation project successfully.
The installation work starts in 2021. Once operational in 2022, the wind farms will contribute significantly to the Taiwanese government’s target of 5.7 GW offshore wind by 2025.