Offshore wind heavy-hitters including Orsted and Macquarie have joined a new association to represent the industry in Taiwan.

The Taiwan Offshore Wind Power Industry Association has a mission to “integrate and invest in Taiwan's offshore wind power industry, establish a platform for dialogue and exchange between industry, government and research, and communicate with the government to the public”, according to material on the website of Taiwanese semiconductor industry body Semi, which hosted the launch.

Membership of the new body includes Orsted, CIP, Northland Power, Yushan Energy, Woshen Energy, Jera, Macquarie Capital and Dade Energy Group, said Semi.

Among the most promising new markets for offshore wind globally, the sector’s relations with the island’s government hit a bump this year in a row over permitting delays and feed-in tariffs.

Global pacesetter Orsted at one stage put its Taiwanese offshore wind activities on hold, but in April took a final investment decision for 900MW on the Changhua 1 and 2A projects.

Taiwan’s government has embarked on a tender programme that aims to spur development of 5.5GW in its waters by 2025.