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Danish energy company Orsted has contracted South Korean companies Samkang M&T and Hyundai Engineering & Steel Industries as the jacket foundation suppliers to the Taiwanese 900MW Changhua 1&2a offshore wind farm.

Samkang M&T will supply 27 of the units, and Hyundai Group’s steel subsidiary Hyundai Engineering & Steel Industries will deliver 28 by March 2021.

According to Orsted, both suppliers have met the required pre-qualification criteria, and existing manufacturing facilities.

Changhua 1&2a will be located off the coast of Taiwan’s Changhua County and is expected to be operational within the next four years.

Orsted Asia-Pacific president Matthias Bausenwein said: “Korean suppliers in various areas have been supplying to offshore wind projects in Europe for years.

“For example, LS Cable & System was recently awarded a contract for our Hornsea 2 project in the UK.

“We are delighted for the contract signing today and look forward to collaborating and maturing Korean suppliers also for their domestic market in the future.”

“There is a great potential for offshore wind in South Korea due to strong fundamental needs including lack of space onshore and high dependence on imports of fossil fuels.

“The government has set a target of 12GW offshore wind towards by 2030, which is a positive sign for the South Korean offshore wind market.”

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