SMC will deliver full scope Marine Coordination services to Taiwan’s flagship offshore wind project; Formosa I Phase 2. The project will comprise 20 6MW Siemens Gamesa WTGs and will become Taiwan’s first commercial offshore windfarm, with an eventual capacity of 128MW.
The contract award follows the recent establishment of an SMC branch in Taiwan, with the company firmly committed to the region and the development of local skill sets through a series of ongoing training and educational programs.
SMC’s Managing Director, Ian Coates, commented, “SMC have a strong history working across a series of the world’s flagship offshore wind projects and we are extremely pleased to have secured a contract to support yet another pivotal development in what will become a key market within the sector. We look forward to working with the Formosa I team and continuing to deliver the highest standards of safety and quality in this emerging market”.
This contract includes the provision of coordination software and communications infrastructure. In keeping with SMC’s commitment to promoting local content, MDS, a local communications specialist, will be utilised to provide expert support to SMC for the duration of the contract. MDS have great experience in delivering communications, coastal radars surveillance and spectrum monitoring & DF solutions in-country, having previously delivered systems integration and services to the Taiwanese military, rail network, public safety (police & firefighter) and coastguard, amongst others.
SeaPlanner’s Marine Management System is being employed by SMC’s Marine Coordination team, with Steve Pears, SeaPlanner Managing Director commenting, “SeaPlanner is currently employed on a significant percentage of the world’s offshore wind turbines and we are pleased to extend our coverage and support SMC on this milestone project, representing the first formal Marine Coordination contract undertaken in Taiwan”.