07 January 2019

James Fisher Marine Services supports Taiwan's renewable energy power transition with local, integrated services venture. 

James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has taken another significant stride and opened a new regional support base in Taipei, Taiwan, offering trusted UK skills and its leading integrated services to support the country’s ambitious transition to renewable energy.

JFMS, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has delivered integrated marine solutions to many high-profile UK wind farms including East Anglia ONE, London Array and Galloper – where it was appointed as the principal offshore services contractor (OSC), in a contract worth £25m, to deliver a broad range of marine services over a two-year period during construction. Expanding into the rapidly scaling Asia-Pacific market, JFMS will offer this proven experience to the 5.5GW offshore wind farm projects set for construction off the coast of Taiwan.

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

“The fact that we are opening up a support base in Taiwan demonstrates our commitment to the offshore wind sector, our willingness to invest in it and our plan to support some of the largest developers and asset owners in the industry. In doing so, we are looking forward to supporting the local supply chain, sharing best practice and developing local talent by providing new skills and training opportunities.”

 JFMS has already supported de-burial and cable trenching projects in Taiwan, meaning it already has MFE equipment positioned in the country ready for mobilisation. It now plans to build a local team and establish itself as an experienced member of the local supply chain, offering the breadth of services within the James Fisher group through a single interface to reduce the costs and risks linked with managing complex projects.

The company will underscore its commitment to the region by initially recruiting local service technicians to train in the UK alongside personnel in roles of specialised expertise.

Discussions have also taken place with local universities with a view to the company securing high-performing Taiwanese students for its ‘Future Leaders’ graduate scheme. JFMS will embed the successful candidates into the business in the UK, with a view to providing long-term roles in Taiwan. 

Graham added:

“We are proud to be one of the largest UK-owned companies operating in the offshore wind sector. JFMS has developed a significant presence in the UK and Northern European offshore wind market by delivering integrated services through single-source supply, complemented by technological innovations, that focuses on the industry-wide drive to lower the levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for offshore wind,”

Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs has embarked upon a power market transformation to phase out nuclear power and has set a target to add 25GW of renewable energy by 2025, including 5.5GW of offshore wind.