Danish offshore wind company Ørsted has selected Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) as the preferred supplier for the first 900MW Greater Changhua offshore Taiwanese wind farms.
The 900MW Greater Changhua Taiwanese wind farms are subject to certain conditions, which include the signing of a power purchase agreement (PPA) by the end of this year, as well as Ørsted’s final investment decision, which is expected in March next year.
Ørsted Offshore Wind CEO Martin Neubert said: “As the market leader in offshore wind, we have more than 20 years of experience in developing local supply chains, and we share the government’s ambition of making the Changhua offshore wind farms not just a cornerstone in Taiwan’s green transition, but also a vehicle for kick-starting a new industry.
“Ørsted has gone the extra mile and advocated an accelerated local nacelle assembly facility with SGRE for the long-term benefits of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan.”
Under the terms of the deal, SGRE has agreed to deliver nearly 112 of its SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines for the Ørsted’s 900MW projects, with construction work expected to begin in 2021.
Under the contractual agreement with Ørsted, the Spanish turbine maker has committed to construct a local nacelle assembly facility by 2021, subject to the signature of the contract.
SGRE Offshore Business Unit CEO Andreas Nauen said: “We’re glad that our long-term partnership with Ørsted continues to grow in the Asia Pacific.
“It’s on Ørsted’s request and to meet the schedule of the first 900MW Greater Changhua projects that we would implement an accelerated set-up of a nacelle assembly facility in Taichung Harbour to start production in 2021, ahead of the timeline communicated by the government for localisation activities.”