MHI Vestas has announced its 5th supplier Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and typhoon conditions for the V164 9 MW platform in a signal to developers and policymakers that it will be ready for early projects in Taiwan.
The company signed its 5th MOU with TECO and The Switch for the delivery of generator products and has confirmed that its 9 MW turbine platforms will be typhoon ready in 2020, in time for all offshore wind projects in the market.
“Signing the MOU today with industrial leaders TECO and The Switch is a very important step for us in the rollout of our localisation plan” said MHI Vestas Co-CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard. “We have been quite impressed with their capabilities and very much look forward to advancing our discussions with them. From a technology point of view, we’re proud to announce that our 9 MW turbine platform will be typhoon ready by 2020, putting us in a leading position for the early projects in Taiwan and ensuring that our turbine will be ready for the demanding Taiwanese site conditions.”
Sophia Chiu, TECO chairman, added that the company has been engaged in wind power for years, mainly for producing onshore wind turbine generators and that only via local assembly of wind turbines by system manufacturers in Taiwan can a local supply chain be established. TECO intends to target not only Taiwan but also other global markets, including Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific markets.
Working closely with DNV GL as the certifying body as well as customers, MHI Vestas will input the region’s harsh typhoon conditions into the design and development process. The announcements from MHI Vestas come on the heels of the recently-announced grid award and just ahead of a substantial competitive auction in Taiwan.