Iberdrola has continued its expansion in the Asia-Pacific region with the announcement of three new offshore wind development projects in Taiwan, with potential capacity of approximately 6 gigawatts (GW).
The projects are named Da-Chung Bu Offshore Wind, Guo-Feng Offshore Wind and Ju-Dao Offshore Wind and will be located in the county waters of Taichung, Changhua and Penghu on the west coast of Taiwan. Water depths are appropriate for both fixed bottom and floating offshore wind technology. With a total of approximately 6 GW, the projects provide a long-term pipeline for Iberdrola to establish itself in Taiwan and commit to a sustained operation in country.
David Rowland, Iberdrola’s Global Offshore Wind Development Director, said: “Taiwan’s ambition for significant growth in offshore wind means we have been monitoring the market closely for a number of years, and actively working to develop these new projects for over a year. It is a positive trend to see countries around the world are embracing the huge potential of offshore wind and looking to build quickly and at scale. It is good news for the climate crisis and for the economy.”
Taiwan has a target to install an additional 9 GW of offshore wind by 2031, and 15 GW by 2035, and the government is currently in the process of finalising its next set of policy measures. Iberdrola’s three development projects are primed for entry into the forthcoming ‘Zonal Development’ auction rounds.