Northland Power has already carried out projects in Europe and has started construction in Taiwan of one called Hai Long, one of the largest in Asia. This offshore wind farm with a capacity of one gigawatt – enough to power a million homes – must be operational within three years.
We are partnering with a Singapore company and with the Japanese company Mitsui, which has been doing business in Taiwan for several decades. So we can hire many local workers, adds Mike Crawley.
The training of workers for the offshore wind turbine sector is booming in Taiwan. A training center subsidized by the government and private companies like Taiwan Steel Group was established five years ago. More than 800 workers are trained each year.
The first year, we only trained 40 people, but today, Japanese people also participate in the workshops, we explain.
In the high winds, near Taichung port facilities, former engineer Gabriel Lin learns with foreign workers the basics of safety for working in offshore wind farms.
I reoriented my career. I want to help Taiwan meet its energy needs and I would like the energy future to be green. It’s my dream, he said.
For this dream to come true, the energy transition, which is also a question of national security, will have to accelerate quickly.
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