SGS secures reliability of Taiwan s new Onshore Wind Farm
SGS Industrial Services (SGS Taiwan) won a contract for Inspection of 23 Vestas 2 MW Wind Turbines to be installed for the Changkong project in the western part of Taiwan from Taiwan Power Corporation Ltd.
Vestas was awarded this project from the national utility Taiwan Power Corporation Ltd. The project scope comprises delivery of turbines, supervision of installation and commissioning as well as a two-year service and maintenance agreement.
SGS’ scope of work covers inspections of 23 Vestas V80 2 MW wind turbine rotor blades, nacelles, towers and foundation inserts. The inspection of the wind turbine rotor blades and nacelles takes place at Vestas manufacturing- and production sites in Denmark, while the towers and foundation inserts are inspected at local manufacturer sites in Vietnam.
Delivery of the 46 MW wind power plant will begin in March 2006 and the turbines are expected commissioned during the autumn of 2006. When commissioned, it will be the second largest wind power plant in Taiwan.
One of the owner’s major concerns in investing in the wind turbines is related to the availability of the turbines, i.e. the risk of losing / having less wind power production from the wind turbines due to stand still and repair. Reliability of the structures and the wind turbines is therefore essential for the wind farm to perform successfully. A minor failure can cause unacceptable down time and loss. Subjecting the wind farm project to certification, demonstrates awareness of the financial risk involved in the wind farm project.
Jan Behrendt Ibsö
Market Director, Industrial Services