Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has revealed plans to create a regional offshore wind nacelle industrial hub in Taiwan.
The hub will further expand its presence in Taiwan and will be built along with Taiwanese suppliers.
With the facility’s expansion, SGRE intends to facilitate production for the 300MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind project in Taiwan.
Additionally, Siemens Gamesa has now signed four conditional contracts for the localisation of six different types of nacelle components for Hai Long 2.
All of the components produced at the facility will be supplied to SGRE’s Taichung factory as part of the localised nacelle production process.
The expansion is subject to the approval of Hai Long 2’s Industrial Relevance Proposal by the Taiwanese authorities. It also depends on the final investment decision by the project partners.
Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit CEO Andreas Nauen said: “Our actions to localise and expand nacelle manufacturing in Taiwan demonstrate our strong beliefs in both the Taiwanese market and the Asia Pacific region as a whole.
“Supported by proactive policies, strong wind resources and a proven contribution to combatting climate change, offshore wind is an essential element in the energy mix around the globe.”
The Taichung factory expansion is expected to begin after the completion of the original facility, which is currently under construction.
It is expected to begin nacelles production in 2021 for Orsted’s Greater Changhua 1&2a offshore wind power project.
The expansion of the facility will see the construction of two new production halls and a new warehouse. It will also house a local hub and backend production in Taiwan for Siemens Gamesa’s latest offshore wind turbine technology.
Further, the development is also expected to create new employment opportunities in the region.
Last year, Siemens Gamesa signed an agreement with Yeong Guan Group (YGG) for localised hub and base frame castings for Hai Long 2.
YGG has unveiled its plan to build a new global casting production factory for offshore wind in Taichung adjacent to Siemens Gamesa’s site.