Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly facility in Taiwan starts regular operations

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has officially inaugurated its new offshore wind nacelle assembly facility in Taichung, which will now be starting regular operations.
Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly facility in Taiwan starts regular operations
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This is the company’s first offshore nacelle assembly facility outside of Europe. It has already completed Taiwan’s very first local offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly, in early August 2021, and the Taichung facility represents another important milestone for the company in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region, as well as for the offshore wind industry in Taiwan.

“Siemens Gamesa leads the way in providing wind turbine solutions for the Taiwanese offshore wind market with 2 GW of firm orders and an additional 1 GW in place as preferred supplier” said Marc Becker, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa. “Today’s inauguration demonstrates our pioneering spirit and commitment to leading the offshore revolution in the market and the APAC region. Working with dedicated, local professionals who strive to safely increase the deployment of offshore wind power energises us to continue with our global growth plans”.

The piece of land developed in Taichung measures over 30,000 square metres, and is currently used for nacelle assembly, testing, warehousing, office buildings, and outdoor storage. Construction started in April 2020 and was completed in Q3 this year. It will support Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms, which will employ SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines. Siemens Gamesa was awarded the firm order to supply these turbines in January 2019. This order accelerated the development of the now-inaugurated offshore nacelle assembly facility. The facility will also provide an option for future projects in Taiwan and in the rest of the promising region.

As part of the ramp-up programme of the facility, Siemens Gamesa committed to supporting local offshore wind professionals, and developing their skills to match world-class manufacturing standards. Since May 2021, approximately 80 nacelle technicians received Siemens Gamesa Technical Trainings through a partnership with the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre. This dedicated training plan was crucial to enabling the on-time production start in August 2021.

Siemens Gamesa pioneered the entire offshore wind industry in Taiwan in 2016 with the installation of the first two turbines at the 8 MW Formosa 1 Phase 1 pilot project. A ten-fold increase in machines to 20 units was installed in 2019 at Formosa 1 Phase 2. Totalling 128 MW, Formosa 1 was the country’s first commercial offshore wind power project.

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