OWC has established a new office in Taiwan to support the fast growing Taiwanese offshore wind sector.
Offshore Wind Consultants Taiwan Co., Limited will offer offshore wind consultancy services and expertise to the Taiwanese and wider Asia Pacific markets.
“We have secured a number of jobs offshore Taiwan in the past six months. To set up a dedicated office here to be as close as possible to our clients and to contribute towards local job and value creation therefore makes perfect sense,” says Will Cleverly, managing director of OWC’s Taiwan operation.
OWC has secured contracts for providing EPC lead and installation manager roles for an offshore wind developer for a site due to come on line in 2021, and also undertaken work for other clients in the region. This has included providing consultancy services related to wind turbine installation vessels and their suitability for different wind turbines and site locations offshore Taiwan.
Prior to 2018, Taiwan had approximately 8MW wind power installed, but now has ambitions of 5.5GW to be under construction by 2025. In April this year, the Taiwanese Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) allocated grid capacity for ten new offshore wind projects.
“We believe our experience of helping clients reduce CAPEX and work with tight schedules and high risk profiles can be of value to help developers in Taiwan achieve these impressive targets,” adds Will Cleverly.
In 2017, OWC’s parent company, marine and offshore engineering consultancy Aqualis Offshore, also established an office in Taiwan to support local offshore wind and oil and gas developments. OWC’s office, based in the heart of Taipei, will work closely with the existing Aqualis Offshore branch.
“Setting up the Aqualis Offshore unit in Taiwan has been a great success. To complement our capabilities by adding the OWC offshore wind products and services will make us an even more relevant and reliable partner offshore Taiwan,” says David Wells, CEO of Aqualis Offshore.
OWC and Aqualis Offshore are both part of Oslo-listed energy consultancy group Aqualis ASA, an energy consulting group providing consultancy services to the offshore oil, gas and renewables sectors globally.