Lease and Operating Agreement Set for Heavy Cargo Wharf S09 and S9-1 Yard at Taipei Port’s South Wharf District
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Port of Keelung,Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
Taipei Port, northern Taiwan’s largest international commercial port, administers a large area that is available for commercial lease and development. In recent years, the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) has invested heavily in developing two new districts at the port, namely the South Wharf District and the Logistics & Warehouse District. Offshore wind farm businesses have already taken a significant stake in the former, leasing a total of 21ha of land in the South Wharf District that will be used in the construction, assembly, and storage of underwater wind-turbine support structures. Facilities built during phase one are expected to receive operating-permit approval soon.
TIPC is responsible for the administration and management of the nation’s international commercial ports. In support of government offshore-wind-farm policies, TIPC has continued to enhance and expand facilities at the South Wharf District, including installing heavy cargo wharves and yards required by wind-farm developers. The 220m-long heavy-cargo wharf S09 and adjacent yard S9-1 was awarded on May 4th to Century Wind Power Co., which submitted the most compelling bid, with related contract procedures expected to be completed soon. The lease both ensures Century Wind Power’s ability to assemble and load underwater support structures for delivery to offshore wind farms and significantly boosts Taipei Port’s plans to position the South Wharf District as an offshore wind farm industry park.
Century Wind Power Co. has announced plans to manufacture and deliver 81 900MW wind turbine pile foundations between the end of 2020 and 2021 as well as 69 600MW wind turbine pile foundations and 62 jacket foundations for CIP between 2021 and 2023. Potential contract partners for 2024 and beyond include the Hai Long Offshore Wind Project and wpg AG. These and related developments are giving strong and sustained momentum to the domestic green-energy sector.