Framo secures pump contract for Ørsted offshore wind project in Taiwan

Norwegian pump manufacturer Framo will supply suction bucket pumping systems for the foundations of Ørsted's Greater Changhua Offshore Wind Project in Taiwan.

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The Framo Suction Pump Spread Systems will be produced at the company’s factory in Flatøy outside Bergen.

Framo, in collaboration with the Norwegian Geotechnical Institute, will deploy its offshore personnel to oversee and manage the suction operation at sea.

Ørsted´s 920 MW Greater Changhua 2b and 4 offshore wind projects are located 35-60 km from the Changhua coast in Taiwan. The delivery is scheduled for early 2025.

The suction bucket foundation technology has secured and safely anchored platforms and offshore installations around the world for many years. Larger wind farms use the technology on jackets to overcome difficult and variable soil conditions, whilst gaining faster installation speed and avoiding pile driving noise. Compared with installing monopiles, suction bucket technology has a more environmentally friendly footprint and provides for easier decommissioning.

Ørsted constructs and operates offshore wind farms in Denmark, UK, Germany, Netherlands, Taiwan and the USA. In 2018 Framo and NGI successfully installed 20 suction bucket jackets at Ørsted’s wind farm Borkum Riffgrund 2.

“We are proud to be chosen as partner in the Greater Changhua projects,” says Hans Petter Arnesen, Area Manager Renewable Energy at Framo. “Framo pumping solutions have been critical in marine and offshore operations for more than 50 years. This order further strengthens our position in the fast-growing renewable energy market.”