On the back of the rapid expansion of Dutch firm Mammoet’s business in Taiwan with joint venture partner Giant Heavy Machinery Services Corp, and its recent cooperation with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), Utrecht based Mammoet has announced that it will open a new office in Taichung, Taiwan’s second largest city, and the city best located to access multiple offshore wind projects on Taiwan’s west coast.
This will allow its team to be located closer to project sites and to offer onshore services for offshore windfarms locally.
The cooperation with TIPC will operate under the name TIPH which stands for Taiwan International Ports Heavy-Machinery Co.
Currently, the Taiwan government is rolling out its plans to achieve 25% of local electricity generation from renewable sources – in particular wind energy via offshore windfarms.
Following the successful Formosa 1 demonstration project, with 22 turbines of 8 MW generating enough energy for 130,000 homes, Taiwan’s government is now planning future wind projects adding 1GW per year until 2035.
Taichung Port on the Taiwan Strait Coast has been earmarked to be the offshore hub for years to come as part of these projects.
Mammoet has unparalleled experience and expertise in the wind energy and renewables sector which will allow the company to be involved in supporting the construction of Taiwan’s windfarms safely and efficiently.
As such, the company’s level of service will be enhanced by the new Taichung office, located next to a quay area marked for turbine pre-assembly work.
Mammoet will provide engineering, heavy lifting and transportation solutions including marshalling, ballasting, weighing, load-in and load-out transportation services using 200+ axle-lines of SPMT, and a super heavy lift PTC200 DS ring crane.
Chris Schraa, Managing Director for Mammoet Taiwan, said: “Our strong joint venture with Giant Heavy Machinery Services Corp and the new cooperation with the Taiwan International Ports Corporation means that the time now is right for us to move closer to where we execute our projects. We have extensive experience in delivering safe and timely engineered solutions for wind power and renewables projects and aim to find the most efficient and cost-effective solution for Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.”
The company now has three offices in Taiwan located in: Hsinchu, Taichung and Kaohsiung.