Siemens Gamesa breaks ground on turbine assembly facility in Taiwan

WCN Editorial Team 18 Sep 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa has broken ground on its nacelle assembly facility at the Port of Taichung in Taiwan.

Construction is due to start in 2020 and represents a major milestone for Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) to expand its presence in offshore wind in the Asia-Pacific region.

Turbine production at the plant will begin in 2021 and the turbines will be supplied to Ørsted’s 900MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a projects.

Siemens Gamesa has agreed to supply the SG 8.0-167 DD turbines for Ørsted’s offshore wind farms. Eventually, the turbine producing facility is expected to supply turbines for other regional offshore projects.

SGRE Offshore Business Unit CEO Andreas Nauen said: “Our strategic investment in Taichung harbor with this nacelle assembly facility continues as previously communicated. Doing so ahead of the local content requirement timeframe demonstrates our confidence in the long-term potential of offshore wind power for Taiwan and other APAC markets.

“The strong foothold we are building here will enable us to better meet our customers’ needs in this market and in other parts of the region.”

The land being developed by Siemens Gamesa measures more than 30,000m² and will be used for nacelle assembly, testing, warehousing, office buildings and outdoor storage. The company is also working with its partner, Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), to establish an inbound and outbound logistics in newly-established quaysides nearby.

Siemens Gamesa offshore for Asia-pacific general manager Niels Steenberg said: “Thanks to this nacelle assembly facility, we will be creating more opportunities of working with the growing localized supplier network as well as developing a skilled offshore workforce.

“All these efforts will contribute to building a competitive local supply chain, in line with international standards in terms of safety, costs, quality, and making Taiwan a leading offshore market.”

In 2017, SGRE signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with TIPC for the development of Taichung harbour as a hub for offshore wind power industry in Taiwan.

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Image: Officials of Siemens Gamesa and its partners, along with Taiwanese government officials, at the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo: Courtesy of Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, S.A.,

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