Vessel Blue Wind Gets Monopile Job at Offshore Wind Farm


Fred. Olsen Windcarrier (FOWIC) has been awarded a contract working with the engineering and general contracting firm Shimizu for the transportation and installation of monopile foundations for the 640 MW (8 MW/80 wind turbines) Yunlin offshore wind farm, located off the west coast of central Taiwan.

FOWIC, which is in a cooperative relationship with Shimizu regarding offshore wind farm construction, will start the operations in February 2024. The total duration of the project is estimated to be 200 days.

FOWIC will in corporation with Shimizu make use of the jack-up vessel Blue Wind for the project. Once it is fully operational this project will have a capacity to create up to 640 MW green energy, enough to power more than 600,000 Taiwan households.

“We are extremely proud to be awarded the transport and installation contract with Shimizu,” says Alexandra Koefoed CEO at Fred. Olsen Windcarrier. “This contract demonstrates our commitment to offshore wind development in APAC as a region and to our partnership with Shimizu. We look forward to executing this project together with Shimizu and all the local stakeholders and suppliers.”

Fred. Olsen Windcarrier established a partnership with Shimizu Corp. in 2021 to strengthen its position in the offshore wind industry in the APAC region. Both companies have a background in civil engineering as well as offshore and marine construction.

Together, FOWIC and Shimizu capitalize on a versatile jack-up vessel fleet while making use of a larger pool of market knowledge and project execution experience.

“We’re happy for the chance to contribute with our joint capabilities to the Yunlin offshore wind farm project and to the APAC renewable energy overall,” adds Alexandra Koefoed.

The vessel Blue Wind is currently engaged in the Ishikari Bay New Port Offshore Wind Farm project, one of the largest commercial offshore wind farms in Japan with 8 MW/14 wind turbines. The vessel will start preparation for the Yunlin offshore wind farm project in December 2023.

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