Taiwan’s Offshore Wind Power Installation Exceeds 2GW to Lead the Asia-Pacific Region in 2023

With a total of 2.25 gigawatts (GW) of offshore wind farms completed, Taiwan’s  Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) said the country not only leads among democratic nations in the Asia-Pacific region, but stands out globally as one of the few countries to surpass the 2 GW mark in offshore wind installations.

According to the data from Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), offshore wind power development in various countries has been significantly affected by COVID-19 since 2019.

Nations including the UK, Germany, People’s Republic of China, Spain, Italy, and other European countries have also been affected by the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Despite these challenges, Taiwan’s wind farms have persevered to complete construction.

The MOEA underscored that, apart from international factors, Taiwan’s restricted weather windows allow for only a 6 to 7 months construction period per year; moreover, the MOEA thus offers a one-year grace period of grid connection for Phase 2 developers in administrative contracts.

Despite the impact of multiple typhoons in 2023, which affected the progress of wind farm construction, the construction by the end of 2023, 283 wind turbines were installed, reaching a cumulative installed capacity of 2.25 GW, and meeting the original 2023 offshore wind power installation target of 2.03 to 2.43 GW.

Through public and private sectors cooperation, the goal for 2024 is to install 314 to 374 wind turbines, targeting a total installed capacity of 2.56 to 3.04 GW.

The MOEA said it has provided explicit market opportunities for offshore wind power, welcomes foreign investment to Taiwan, and encourages internationally experienced developers to cooperate with domestic enterprises and jointly build a domestic offshore wind power supply chain.