Following its selection as preferred supplier in May 2018, Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has received the firm order by wpd offshore to supply the 640 megawatt (MW) Yunlin offshore wind power plant in Taiwan, located approximately six kilometres from the shore in the Taiwan Strait.
The plant will feature 80 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines and also includes a 15-year long-term service agreement. Construction is expected to start in 2019, with turbine installation beginning in 2020. The project will feature components produced locally via CS Wind and Chin Fong Machine Industrial’s partnership in Taichung harbour, thereby satisfying official localisation requirements on turbine components.
“We are extremely satisfied that the preferred supplier agreement we reached with wpd offshore one year ago has materialised into a firm order” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “It is furthermore encouraging to be able to introduce the SG 8.0-167 DD in APAC with an order of this volume. There is an increasing number of such sizeable opportunities in the region, and we are looking forward to contributing further to the growth of offshore wind in this part of the world”.
Niels Steenberg, SGRE General Manager Offshore for the APAC region, added that as it is the first large scale project in Taiwan, Yunlin will be setting up the scene for other later developments and Siemens Gamesa will be needing continued support from local authorities and company partners to take on the challenges ahead
The SG 8.0-167 DD wind turbine has a rated capacity of 8.0 megawatts (MW), and a rotor with a 167-meter diameter. It has a swept area of 21,900 m2, and uses the SGRE B81 blade, which measure 81.4 meters. By 2020, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be operating in three different continents globally.