New Boskalis crane vessel to debut at Taiwanese offshore wind farm

Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Hwa Chi Construction Co. Ltd. have been awarded the foundation scope for the Taiwanese Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm.

Artist impression of the crane vessel Bokalift 2.
Artist impression of the crane vessel Bokalift 2.
(Courtesy Boskalis)

Offshore staff

PAPENDRECHT, the Netherlands Royal Boskalis Westminster N.V. and Hwa Chi Construction Co. Ltd. have been awarded the foundation scope for the Taiwanese Changfang and Xidao offshore wind farm (CFXD OWF) project owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP).

The project includes the transportation and installation of 62 three-legged jacket foundations and the accompanying 186 pin piles.

The contract is subject to financial close of the project by CIP due later this year.

Boskalis and Hwa Chi have performed marine construction projects in Taiwan over the last 30 years and will execute this project as BoWei (Boskalis HwaChi Offshore Wind Taiwan Co. Ltd.).

In line with the local content requirement policy for offshore wind farm developments in Taiwan, BoWei is expected to subcontract work to local suppliers including the sourcing of support vessels, local engineering and logistic services.

The CFXD OWF is about 15 km (9.3 mi) off the coast of Changhua County, and will generate a total capacity of up to 600 MW. Engineering and pre-construction works are under way, and the project is scheduled to be executed from 2021-2023.

This will be the launching project for the new crane vessel Bokalift 2. Like the Bokalift 1, Boskalis will convert an existing hull to create the Bokalift 2.

The DP-2 vessel with accommodation for 150 persons will include 7,500 sq m (80,729 sq ft) of free deck space and a 4,000-ton revolving crane capable of lifting structures more than 100 m (328 ft) high.

The Bokalift 2 is expected to be positioned for the installation of current and future generation offshore wind turbine foundations as well as oil and gas structures in addition to serving the decommissioning and salvage market.

10/29/2019

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