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Taipei, June 29 (CNA) A total of 141 foreign professionals have been naturalized as Taiwanese since 2017, including eight who recently obtained Republic of China (ROC) citizenship, the Ministry of the Interior reported on Monday.

In a statement, the ministry said the eight foreign professionals long active in four fields in Taiwan were granted ROC nationality during a review meeting on June 24.

That brought the number of such persons to 141 since the Nationality Act was last amended in December 2016, allowing people naturalized under the revised act to keep their original nationality.

One of them was Karl-Eugen Feifel, former Asia-Pacific general manager of turbine manufacturer Nordex and now chairman of power developer InfraVest Wind Power Group.

Since coming to Taiwan in 2000 and led by Feifel, Germany-based InfraVest has developed, financed and built 400 MW of wind parks.

InfraVest also developed offshore wind projects in Yunlin (700MW) and Guanyin (350MW), and Feifel has contributed significantly to Taiwan's renewable energy industry, the ministry said.

Thomas Mark Fifield from Australia was another among the eight.

An expert on OpenStack, a cloud operating system that controls large pools of computing, storage, and networking resources throughout a data center, Fifield has helped government agencies in Taiwan nurture software talent and promote the development of related sectors, the ministry said.

A recipient of an honorary fellowship of the University of Melbourne's School of Physics, Fifield had maintained close cooperation with Taipei-based Academia Sinica before coming to Taiwan.

While in Australia, he was responsible for building the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar).

The project provides an online infrastructure that supports researchers to connect with colleagues around the world, allowing them to collaborate and share ideas and research outcomes.

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