Taiwan to develop offshore wind power generation
Central News Agency
2010-04-27 03:44 PM
Taipei, April 27 (CNA) The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) announced Tuesday that it will push a policy of establishing offshore wind power plants and propose incentives in July to encourage local firms to invest in offshore wind power generation.

Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Huang Chung-chiou said it is not too late for Taiwan to develop offshore wind generation, citing Denmark, the U.K, and Holland, which are still in the initial stages of developing the energy resource.

"Offshore wind generation should be given top priority, " Huang said, adding that the Taiwan Strait has very good locations for developing offshore wind power generation.

The capacity of a wind power generation station located within 20 meters off the coast could reach 1,200 megawatts (MW) , which is larger than the capacity of a similar wind power plant on land, Huang said.

If the plant is set up around 20 meters to 50 meters off the coast, its capacity could increase to 5,000 MW -- almost equal to the combined capacity of two nuclear power plants, according to Huang.

Yeh Hui-chin, chief of the Bureau of Energy under the MOEA said that offshore areas near central Taiwan's Changhua and Yunlin counties are suitable sites for developing wind power generation, and the MOEA will propose a plan in July to specify wind farm areas and the capacity needed.

According to the MOEA, the production value of Taiwan's wind power generation equipment was NT$4 billion (US$128 million) in 2009, with investment from 20 companies. The value of investment is expected to increase by more than NT$1.5 billion per year from 2010.

Huang pointed out that the Teco Group, Formosa Heavy Industries Corp., Yuan Jun Fong, and Taiwan's China Steel are aggressively taking part in developing the wind power industry.

(By Lin Shu-yuan and Fanny Liu)

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