UK and Taiwan Ports Ink Agreement on Floating Offshore Wind

Associated British Ports (ABP) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), which will see the parties share information and experience on floating offshore wind (FLOW) related port facilities and for the exploration of future business collaboration opportunities.

The MoU was signed by TIPC Vice President of Business, Shu-hui Cheng, and ABP Head of Offshore Wind, Andy Reay, and witnessed by TIPC Chairman, Hsien-yi Lee and British Office Taipei Representative John Dennis.

ABP is the UK’s leading and largest port operator with a network of 21 ports around the UK, handling a quarter of all UK port volumes, worth £157 billion in 2022. Many of ABP’s ports are in close proximity to major British offshore wind farms, and ABP offers tailored services at its various ports to meet wind farm needs.

For example, the Port of Hull hosts the Siemens Gamesa wind turbine blade factory, the Port of Grimsby hosts Europe’s largest offshore wind turbine operations and maintenance centre and the Ports of Lowestoft and Barrow also host significant O&M hubs.

TIPC Chairman, Lee took a delegation to the UK in July to visit ABP CEO, Henrik L. Pedersen and share experiences as well as to invite ABP to visit Taiwan.

TIPC is particularly interested in learning how to best develop the port infrastructures necessary to support the future development and installation of FLOW in Taiwan. This, he remarked, was a key incentive for TIPC to seek this new MoU with ABP.

TIPC Vice President of Business Shu-hui Cheng, said: “The third phase of offshore wind power development is about to unfold in Taiwan. With larger-scale wind turbines, localization policies, etc., there will be more demand for land and space in the ports of Taiwan, and the demonstration plan of floating wind will also bring up more requirements and challenges. Through the signing of the MoU with ABP and information sharing between the two parties, I believe that TIPC will be fully prepared on port planning and construction in coordination with offshore wind power policies.”