The company will install offshore wind turbines at the facility consisting of the Asia-Pacific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD model with a service agreement included in the contract. It will also establish a nacelle assembly facility at Taichung Harbour focused on a date for start of production in 2021, exceeding local requirements set by the Taiwanese government. A local wind turbine tower supply chain will be established through a partnership between CS Wind and Chin Fong. Construction of the offshore wind farm will begin in 2021.
“In becoming a firm order, Greater Changhua 1 & 2a serves to significantly strengthen Siemens Gamesa’s presence in Taiwan” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “Our commitment to create a nacelle assembly facility - ahead of the local content requirement timeframe as set by the Taiwanese government - demonstrates our belief in the market and its long-term potential”.
Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific, added that the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project will provide an option to develop future projects in Taiwan and other markets in the region. The development of the project will provide further opportunities for both the supply chain and for local employment.
The SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine variant for Asia-Pacific markets addresses local conditions across the region. It ensures that the SG 8.0-167 DD is tailored to meet local codes and standards regarding typhoons, seismic activities, 60 Hertz operation, as well as operation in high and low ambient temperatures. The 167-meter diameter rotor has a swept area of 21,900 m2, and utilises SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 metres. By 2020, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally.