Orsted has awarded Taiwanese company Woen-Jinn Harbour Engineering a contract for array cable installation for the 2400MW Greater Changhua offshore wind farms off the coast of the Asian island.

The NT$1bn (€28m) deal also includes a provision for Woen-Jinn to invest in a new cable laying vessel called WoenJinn#7.

Orsted said the new vessel will enable Woen-Jinn to “become a competitive offshore wind cable installation supplier throughout Asia in the future”.

Orsted general manager for Asia Pacific Matthias Bausenwein said: “Developing a local supplier in Taiwan requires significant resources and efforts from all aspects, such as commercial, technical, QHSE standards, and even financial support.

“Orsted Taiwan feels proud to partner with (Woen-Jinn) and has gone extra miles in taking the collaboration to the next level.”

The Danish company added that is has set up a dedicated team of five full-time and five part-time specialists to work and exchange knowledge with Woen-Jinn to develop all the required standards and competences for the job.

Orsted and Woen-Jinn signed a memorandum of understanding last November 2017 and have worked together over the last two years to develop the capabilities needed for the work.

Woen-Jinn has hired an additional 20 staff and is planning further recruitment to help deliver the array cable contract.