Changfang and Xidao will have a joint installed capacity of approximately 589MW on completion, comprising a total of 62 MHI Vestas V174-9.5MW turbines. The projects will be split out over several phases. Changfang Phase 1 will comprise 10 turbines for an installed capacity of 95MW and will be installed in 2022. MHI Vestas and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) have finalized the commercial agreements for the Changfang and Xidao offshore wind projects in Taiwan. The orders represent MHI Vestas’ first projects in the Asia Pacific region to reach financial close, which was completed late last week. “We are enormously grateful for the collaboration with CIP and look forward to bringing our trusted V174-9.5 MW, an IEC T classified turbine, along with local, green energy jobs to the people of Taiwan.” “As our first firm orders in Asia Pacific, Changfang and Xidao are landmark contracts for our business and for our market position in Taiwan,” said MHI Vestas CSO, Henrik Jensen. Changfang Phase 2, comprising 47 turbines with an installed capacity of 446.5MW, and Xidao, comprising 5 turbines with an installed capacity of 47.5MW, will be installed in 2023. Ahead of the project, MHI Vestas and CIP collaborated on a comprehensive local supply chain ramp-up. Once complete, the full localization scope promises to create up to 5,300 jobs and NT$ 9.2 billion (circa EUR 264 million) in economic value for Taiwan in localized components alone, which does not include installation, commissioning, and operation and maintenance for the lifetime of the turbines.
CHESTER-LE-STREET, England (AP):Alex Hales and Joe Root made half centuries to help England to 310-6 at stumps on the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka yesterday, although the tourists had a late boost with the dismissal of in-form Jonny Bairstow just before stumps.Hales made 83 and Root 80, and their third-wicket partnership of 96 pushed England into a solid position at a cold and cloudy Riverside Ground. However, both missed out on centuries when they appeared set for three figures.Hales was out to a reaction catch at slip by Angelo Mathews off spinner Milinda Siriwardana, dismissed after he had launched a big six down the ground off the slow bowler. Hales is still searching for his first test century.Root, who had played serenely, was surprised by the bounce of a delivery from Nuwan Pradeep (3-69) shortly after tea and was caught in the covers.Bairstow, coming off a century in England’s big win in the first test, contributed a typically attacking 48 from 57 balls with five fours before becoming seamer Pradeep’s third wicket of the opening day. Bairstow was dismissed four overs before stumps when he bottom-edged through to wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal.Moeen Ali was 28 not out and Chris Woakes undefeated on eight at the close.