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The Ministry of Economic Affairs to open offshore wind turbines

The Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) is set to open up six sea areas off the coast of Taiwan for wind turbine installations, with an estimated power generation capacity of 300,000 kilowatts in the first stage of its "offshore wind power development guidelines," government sources reported yesterday.

The project will also boost the output value of related local industries by NT$40 billion, they added.

The official installation registration process for applicants will start Sept. 1, with several local companies, including China Steel, Formosa Heavy Industries Corp. and TECO Electric & Machinery Co., having shown strong interest in bidding, according to the MOEA's Bureau of Energy.

MOEA officials pointed out that the offshore wind farm locations are off the coast between Miaoli and Taichung, off the Changpin Industrial Park in Changhua County, near Wai San Din Alluvion in Yunlin County, off the coast between Chiayi and Tainan, off Yilan County and around the outlying Penghu islands.

Officials noted that qualified companies should complete establishment in three years after the ministry issues operation permits, or their exclusive rights will be canceled.

Meanwhile, in order to boost local technology capabilities in wind power generation and wind turbine manufacturing, they said the ministry also requires multinational corporations allowed to join the development to both license a certain portion of key technology to local manufacturers and cooperate with local companies to build components in Taiwan.

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