Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs meets James Fisher to talk offshore wind.

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs visits the UK on an important mission to meet the companies behind the UK’s offshore wind industry and strengthen relationships.

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS), part of James Fisher and Sons plc, which is now the largest UK-owned company in offshore wind, was delighted to host Minster Kung and his delegation whilst they were attending Renewable UK’s Global Offshore Wind 2019.

Minister Kung met with James Fisher and Sons Plc Executive Director, Fergus Graham to discuss James Fisher’s long term plans to help drive the development of Taiwan’s offshore wind industry.

Minister Without Portfolio, Kung Ming-hsin, said:

“I am very pleased to see an experienced British company like James Fisher, with all its experience in offshore wind, so committed to working with partners in Taiwan and supporting our new offshore wind projects. Its global offshore wind expertise will help make Taiwan an attractive market for the industry.”

Having established an entity in Taiwan earlier this year, James Fisher can now provide a range of integrated offshore construction and operations and maintenance (O&M) services. James Fisher has, and will continue to hire Taiwanese to deliver these services, providing truly local content that is able to support a rapidly emerging market.

Fergus Graham, executive director at James Fisher and Sons plc, said:

“We are absolutely committed to playing our part in helping Taiwan’s offshore wind industry thrive. We will do this by passing on our knowledge and experience of offshore wind and by making sure that we upskill and employ local staff so that this industry becomes a legacy for Taiwan and its people.”

James Fisher Taiwan is currently working with several major developers in the country and has already engaged with the local supply chain to work on subsea projects, including a recent UXO project delivered for Orsted at Formosa 1, as well as implementing its own skills in the infrastructure, high voltage (HV) management and topside maintenance elements of offshore wind.

Other companies from the James Fisher group, including EDS HV, James Fisher Subsea Excavation (JFSE) and James Fisher Testing Services (JFTS), are also supporting the first offshore wind farms under construction in Taiwan as it bids to increase the proportion of green power in its total energy makeup to 20 percent by 2025.

Hugh McNeal, chief executive at RenewableUK, said:

“It’s great to see a major British company like James Fisher Marine Services winning contracts in offshore wind around the world, including Taiwan. We’re glad that James Fisher was able to use Global Offshore Wind 2019 to meet with the Taiwanese Minister and discuss how UK expertise can drive growth in new markets. UK companies are now exporting their offshore wind products and services to more than 20 countries across five continents. The industry is investing in people and our supply chain which will help us meet the Offshore Wind Sector Deal target of growing UK exports five-fold in the next decade.”