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With dolphins in mind

The 128MW Formosa I wind farm is located 3km off the coast of Miaoli County in north-west Taiwan.

Project Formosa 1 offshore wind farm, Taiwan

ClientMacquarie Capital/Swancor Renewable Energy

ExpertiseTechnical advisory services

The first offshore array in Taiwanese waters and was developed in two phases – a pilot phase consisting of two 4MW wind turbines, and a further 20 turbines in phase 2. We’ve been involved in the project from the early stages, providing environmental advisory services to ensure it complies with the Equator Principles – required by the financial institutes funding the development. Our environmental management and biodiversity plans include measures to mitigate impacts on the Taiwanese white dolphins, a critically endangered species. Underwater noise from piling can damage or temporarily displace some aquatic life, so construction was only during daylight hours and with marine mammal observer vessels patrolling the work site perimeter. Turbine foundations typically transform into artificial reefs over time, attracting molluscs and small fish that feed on plankton, as well as larger fish and aquatic mammals, such as dolphins. Formosa 1 provides enough clean energy to power more than 50,000 homes in Taiwan.

Taiwan is highly dependent on imported energy and fluctuations in global supplies put its energy security, and economic and social development at risk – particularly as it is phasing out nuclear power. A cleaner, domestic energy supply will ensure the country remains economically competitive internationally. 

50K+

homes powered by Formosa 1

Energy conservation and carbon reduction are key to Taiwan achieving its aim of a becoming a sustainable low-carbon economy and protecting its people and businesses from the threats posed by climate change.  

Taiwan has an ambition to install 5.5GW of offshore wind power by 2025. Formosa 1 is one of three offshore wind projects awarded under the first round of the government’s incentive programme for offshore wind, helping the country meet its goal for renewables to provide up to 20% of the national energy mix. 

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