Alfa Laval Group's pumping systems unit, Framo, has been awarded a contract to supply suction bucket pumping systems for the foundations of a 920-MW wind farm complex off the coast of Taiwan, developed by Danish energy group Orsted.
Framo will manufacture the structures at its facility in Flatoy, Norway, with delivery scheduled for early 2025. The company, in collaboration with the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, will also oversee and manage the suction operation at sea.
Described as an optimal solution for challenging and variable soil conditions, the chosen technology ensures rapid installation and a more environmentally friendly approach, according to a statement from Framo. This marks a continuation of the partnership between Framo and Orsted, as they previously collaborated in 2018 on Orsted's wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2 off the coast of Lower Saxony.
The Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Project, encompassing the Greater Changhua 2b and 4 projects, is strategically located 35 – 60 km from the Changhua coast in Taiwan. Orsted is actively seeking a partner for the venture, with local insurer Cathay Life Insurance recently selected as the preferred bidder for a 50% stake in the Greater Changhua 4 project.
This move highlights the ongoing momentum in the offshore wind sector and the commitment to innovative technologies for efficient and sustainable energy infrastructure.