TotalEnergies has confirmed initial start-up of the 640-megawatt Yunlin wind farm, offshore Taiwan, marking the French supermajor’s first generation of power from offshore wind since entering the segment in 2019.
TotalEnergies revealed on Tuesday that power generation had begun from the first turbine at the wind farm, which is operated by German developer Wpd.
The energy giant confirmed the target was to get a first batch of nine turbines fully operational by the end of this year.
“Despite the challenges caused by the pandemic on construction activities, the combined efforts of all stakeholders, leveraging Wpd and TotalEnergies’ expertise in offshore activities, made the start of electricity production from this offshore wind farm possible,” TotalEnergies senior vice president for renewables, Julien Pouget, said.
“This power generation, a first from offshore wind since our entry into the sector in 2019, is a new step in the development of our renewable-energy footprint”.
Yunlin will generate its 640MW capacity from 80 Siemens Gamesa 8MW turbines, which, once all are on stream, will produce 2.4 terawatt hours of renewable electricity per annum, enough to serve the power needs of 605,000 households, according to TotalEnergies.
TotalEnergies gained a 23% stake in the project earlier this year, which is among the first wave of large-scale wind farms under construction off Taiwan that are together expected to contribute to the nation’s goal of generating 20% of its energy from renewables by 2025.
It also forms part of a portfolio of offshore wind projects that TotalEnergies has been developing in recent years as it looks to diversify beyond its traditional oil and gas operations and reach net-zero emissions by 2050.
The company now holds a portfolio of offshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 6 gigawatts, with about two-thirds of those projects bottom-fixed offshore wind developments and the remaining third floating wind developments.
Its offshore wind projects are spread across the UK, South Korea, Taiwan and France, while it has also been qualified to participate in competitive tenders in the US, the UK, France, Denmark and Norway.
The offshore wind portfolio forms a large part of the 10GW renewable generation capacity that TotalEnergies held as of the end of September.
The company is looking to further expand its renewables portfolio as it targets 35GW of gross production capacity from renewable sources by 2025.
It is then aiming for 100GW of renewable production capacity by 2030 as it chases its goal of being among the world's top five producers of electricity from wind and solar energy.