WPD probes monopile ‘incident’ at Yunlin offshore wind farm

An investigation is underway at the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm off Taiwan after an incident during the installation of the project’s foundations.

A spokesperson for Germany-based renewable energy company WPD, said that “we only can confirm that an incident occurred during the (monopile) installation. The investigation into this is currently underway. We will await the results of these investigations before commenting on this”.

Several media reports suggested that a monopile had fallen into the sea during installation. Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) is contracted to install the monopiles. NPPC, which is wholly owned by National Marine Dredging Company (NMDC), was awarded the contract in April by developer Yunneng Wind Power, two and a half months after Malaysian company Sapura Energy issued a termination notice to the developer in respect of another contract for the transportation and installation of monopiles for Yunlin.

At the time Sapura said the project was initially expected to be completed in September 2020, but completion was delayed to September 2023 “following unresolved technical and operational issues not attributable to Sapura Energy”.

In May this year WPD announced that it had agreed that New York-based Global Infrastructure Partners would buy 100% of wpd offshore GmbH, the offshore wind business of wpd.