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Ideol and China Steel Corporation collaborate to develop offshore wind in Taiwan

French floating foundation company Ideol has signed an agreement with China Steel Corporation to develop floating wind farms in Taiwan.

Mr. Paul de La Guérivière, CEO at Ideol said “This collaboration recognizes our capability to compete with bottom-fixed solutions in specific environments. 2016 and 2017 will see the installation of our floating technology in France and Japan. We hope that our collaboration with CSC will lead to the construction and installation of our floater in a third country after 2019.”

China Steel Corporation vice-commissioner, Mr. Li-I Wei said “CSC is looking for the best solution in shallow to deep water depth. Ideol’s design as confirmed through its partnership with leading stakeholders for the design and construction of two demonstrators can compete with other floating foundation developers.”

Earlier, the Taiwanese government  announced ambitious plans to develop offshore wind power and vowed to invest $2 billion to develop multiple projects.  

Correspondingly, as many as 36 offshore locations in Taiwan Straight have been identified for offshore wind development. Most of these areas reach water depths of about 50 metres, which makes it essential to use floating wind turbines for feasibility and cost efficiency. 

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