Sapura Energy pulls out from Taiwan offshore wind farm project

Sapura Energy pulls out from Taiwan offshore wind farm project
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KUALA LUMPUR (Feb 4): Loss-making Sapura Energy Bhd has decided to withdraw from the Yunlin offshore wind farm installation project in Taiwan following a "material breach of contract".

The oil and gas group said it has issued a notice to Yunneng Wind Power Co Ltd to terminate the contract for the transportation and installation of monopiles at the farm.

The group has an immediate right to legally and contractually terminate the contract as advised by its external international lawyers, Sapura Energy said in a statement.

The contract to transport and instal foundations for the 640mw Yunlin offshore wind farm was awarded to Sapura Energy's wholly owned subsidiary, Sapura Offshore Sdn Bhd, in March 2019.

"Negotiations with Yunneng to remedy the breach began in November last year," Sapura Energy group chief executive officer Datuk Anuar Taib said in the statement.

"Since we exhausted all avenues for an amicable solution, we made the tough decision to terminate the contract in the best interest of the group," he said.

According to the group, the project was initially expected to be completed in September 2020, but completion was delayed to September 2023 following unresolved technical and operational issues not attributable to Sapura Energy.

These changes significantly altered the basis of the contract, it said.

"Following the termination notice, Sapura Energy will pursue its claims via the dispute resolution process prescribed in the contract, namely arbitration under the German Institution of Arbitration in Bremen, Germany," the group added.

Shares in Sapura Energy settled 0.5 sen or 10% higher at 5.5 sen on Friday, giving the group a market value of RM879 million.

S Kanagaraju