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Completing another wind farm in Australia

Cattle Hill Wind Farm – located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania – delivers power to 63,500 households in Tasmania.

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Cattle Hill Wind Farm – located in the Central Highlands of Tasmania – delivers power to 63,500 households in Tasmania. The farm consists of 48 Goldwind turbines, and Blue Water has been involved in the transport of all the turbine components that were shipped from Lianyungang, China to the port of Bell Bay, Tasmania. From here, the components were delivered by truck to the site.

“We are very happy to have completed this great project to the satisfaction of our client, and we are of course very proud of being entrusted with the logistics for this exciting project, which showed good  and close cooperation with our client, subcontractors and others, states Jason Goh, Blue Water’s Regional Director for Energy & Projects, APAC.

The project involved experts from Blue Water’s offices in China, Singapore and Australia. The combined in-house expertise in Blue Water provided stowage plans, supercargo service, project management and operational execution of sea and road transport.

“Construction of wind farms is a very big investment, and with our expertise and experience, we are able to provide safe and efficient logistics services to our clients. It is not just transport from A to B – but complete logistics management. Our specialists can manage all aspects of the transport – including complete overview and handling through our IT system Compass Wind”, states Jason Goh.

The transport was demanding, as the large and heavy components – e.g. blades with a length of 70 metres – required gentle handling. The road transport went through rough terrain, and roads had to be upgraded. During the project, extreme weather conditions also challenged the logistics flow and the Blue Water team on site.

The first loadouts in China started in late 2018, and in Tasmania, bushfires – due to very extreme heat – challenged the transports to the site. Later in the project process, ice, snow and flooding brought other challenges to the project, and we had to make adjustments to the logistics plan. We are not in charge of the weather, but we are very experienced in handling the challenges that may occur during a project like this, and with the support from our own in-house IT software program, Compass Wind, we are able to monitor the project and create transparency for the client”, states Soheil Abdollahi, Project Manager at Blue Water Singapore.

Over the past years, Blue Water has gained a strong position in the Australian market. The company has been involved in logistics and transport to eight wind farms in Australia, such as Stockyard Hill (149 turbines) and White Rock (70 turbines).

“We continue to develop our expertise in wind turbine logistics in Australia and Asia. We have with success been able to implement the global knowledge and experience we have gained since our first involvement in the Renewable Energy industry in the mid-nineties”, states Jason Goh.

 

 

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CIP reaches financial close on 589 MW offshore wind project, Changfang and Xidao, off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan

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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) has through its funds Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) and Copenhagen Infrastructure III (CI III) reached financial close on the 589 MW offshore wind project Changfang and Xidao off the coast of Changhua County, Taiwan.

CIP has reached financial close and start of construction of the Changfang and Xidao project. The project has contracted experienced international and local contractors under 8 key construction agreements. The project received approval of its local content plan in December 2019 by the Taiwan government and is the offshore wind project with the highest localization percentage in the Asia Pacific region. The Changfang and Xidao project will localize the jacket foundation, pin piles, onshore sub station, transport and installation contracts and more than 15 wind turbine components. The wind turbines will be supplied by MHI Vestas who will deliver 62 9.5MW turbines.

The 589 MW offshore wind farm will be financed through a combination of equity and senior loans from a consortium of 25 international and Taiwan banks and financial institutions (including CI II, Taiwan Life Insurance and TransGlobe Life Insurance), as well as 6 export credit agencies. The total project financing raised from the banks and financial institutions amounts to approximately USD 3 billion (NT$ 90 billion).

CIP acquired the Changfang and Xidao project in 2017 and the project obtained grid allocation in 2018. In 2019, the project entered into a 20-year PPA with the state-owned Taiwan Power Company. The Changfang and Xidao project is owned by CI II and CI III and a minority stake is owned by two local life insurance companies, Taiwan Life Insurance and TransGlobe Life Insurance. CIP will lead the project through its construction phase with expected start of commercial operations in Q1 2024.

“This project, besides being a remarkable project in Taiwan where it marks the continuation of the offshore wind build out, is part of leading the way for the complete APAC region going into offshore wind” says Anders Eldrup, CIP APAC Chairman

“Reaching financial close marks a major milestone for the Changfang and Xidao project and we are really excited about entering the construction phase of the project and will once commercial operation start provide clean energy to more than 600,000 households in Taiwan” says Michael Hannibal, CIP Partner.

“Since we entered the Taiwan offshore wind market in 2017 we have worked intensively with Taiwanese companies and the government to build up the local supply chain and we are therefore proud to deliver the project with the highest extent of localization in Taiwan to date” explained CEO of Changfang Xidao, Jesper Krarup Holst.

MUFG acted as Financial Advisor and CTBC as the local Financial Advisor for the project debt financing. White & Case acted as legal advisor and Baker McKenzie as the local legal advisor. FIH Partners acted as Financial Advisor to CIP.

CIP engaged Copenhagen Offshore Partners (COP) in 2017 to lead the development and construction of the Changfang Xidao project. COP has established a specialist offshore wind team comprising 70 people in Taipei covering all aspects of the project including permitting, engineering, design, procurement and stakeholder engagement. To support the development the Changfang and Xidao project has entered into contracts with the following companies: New Power Partners, PeakWind, Lautec, Wood Thilsted Partners, Bech Bruun, C2Wind and JUM BO Consulting Group.

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Zhong Neng agreement underscores considerable localisation progress for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in Taiwan

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Zhong Neng agreement underscores considerable localisation progress for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind in Taiwan. Image: MHI Vestas Offshore WInd
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On the heels of its selection as preferred wind turbine supplier for the 300 MW Zhong Neng Offshore Wind Farm, MHI Vestas has reaffirmed its commitment to the nascent sector as it moves into prime position to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive local supply chain.

Zhong Neng, a joint venture project between China Steel Corporation (CSC) and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP), affirms MHI Vestas’ commercial activity in the market, paving the way for local industrial partnerships to be announced in the coming weeks.

“MHI Vestas has been an active and dedicated partner in the development of the local supply chain for more than two years. In close collaboration with our customers and the government, we are putting the finishing touches on the sector’s most ambitious localisation plan,” said Maida Zahirovic, MHI Vestas Business Director, Taiwan.

“We applaud the steps our local partners are taking to prepare for offshore wind and to become globally competitive. Our passion and motivation has always been to deliver on the promise of offshore wind in Taiwan. Together with our industrial partners, we are doing that.”

While there are no specific details yet for upcoming announcements, MHI Vestas is poised to unveil its progress in Taiwan in the coming weeks.

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ABP invests in new state-of-the-art office in Lowestoft in support of offshore energy sector

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ABP invests in new state-of-the-art office in Lowestoft in support of offshore energy sector. Image: ABP/ Andrew Harston (ABP Director, Wales and Short Sea Ports) Alice Taylor (Mayor of Lowestoft) and Peter Aldous (MP for Waveney) together with ABP staff and guests, at the Port of Lowestoft official office opening.
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ABP has officially unveiled a new state-of-the-art port office in Lowestoft, which represents an investment of £250,000 and re-affirms the company’s commitment to supporting the UK’s growing offshore energy sector and long-term energy sustainability.

During the opening ceremony, which was attended by local MP Peter Aldous, as well as ABP customers and colleagues at the port, guests were heard more about the vital role played by the port in supporting the local economy.

As the UK’s most eastern port, Lowestoft has a long history of servicing offshore energy projects and offers highly-skilled teams equipped to safely and efficiently handle a wide range of cargoes.

Peter Aldous MP for Waveney, said: “It was a great pleasure to officially open ABP’s new port office in Lowestoft. This represents a significant investment in the port, which has a key role to play in the local economy, bringing new jobs to the area to service the offshore wind industry, oil and gas decommissioning and a revitalised fishing industry.”

“The port is also increasingly popular with leisure and sailing crafts, as well as being the home port of CEFAS Endeavour, which compliments well CEFAS’ investment in their new office headquarters at Pakefield.”

The Port of Lowestoft handles around 60,000 tonnes of cargo per year and more than 4000 Crew Transfer Vessel (CTV) calls in 2019. Together with ABP’s other two East Anglian ports, Lowestoft, King’s Lynn and Ipswich, contributes £360 million to the UK economy.

Commenting on the successful new project, Andrew Harston, ABP Regional Director, Wales & Short Sea Ports, said: “Thanks to the hard work of our regional team, construction work on the new office building, which commenced in September 2019, ran smoothly and was completed on schedule.

“This means that our colleagues have access to a brand new and state-of-the art office, which will allow us to better serve the needs of the thriving energy sector in the region.”

This investment is part of an overall investment of more than £2.2  million  in the Port of Lowestoft in the last 12 months which includes £800,000 spend on a new pilot boat and facilities and over £1.4 million spent  on other improvements including IT upgrades including better wi-fi capability, new fencing and security  measures.

Located at the heart of the burgeoning offshore wind industry, the Port of Lowestoft offers customers close proximity to key offshore wind sites for construction, operations and maintenance.

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