Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed a preferred supplier agreement with Hai Long Offshore Wind for the delivery and servicing of wind turbines for 300MW Hai Long 2 windfarm in Taiwan.

Confirmation of the agreement is subject to conditions including final investment decision by a consortium of partners including Canadian independent power producer (IPP) Northland Power, and Taiwanese developer Yushan Energy.

Northland Power Development executive vice-president David Povall said: “This is an important milestone for the Hai Long 2 project and the localisation of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan.

“We have, from the beginning of the project, committed to meeting localisation requirements and we look forward to working with our partners Siemens Gamesa as they bring their international experience to empower the local supply chain.”

Located nearly 50km off the coast of Changhua County, Hai Long 2 will use Siemens Gamesa’s existing footprint as well as a supply base in the country to fulfil localisation requirements of the project. Construction works at the site are expected to begin in 2023.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Offshore CEO Andreas Nauen said: “We are very honoured and pleased to announce our collaboration with the Hai Long partners.

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“It represents a stepping-stone for our long-term presence in the region and will enable the expansion of our local footprint, as well as that of our suppliers.”

The Taiwan Bureau of Energy awarded the contract to connect Hai Long 2 to the nation’s grid to Northland Power in May 2018. The contract has been awarded to the Canadian energy firm under Taiwan’s Feed-in-Tariff (FIT) programme.

The Hai Long 2 offshore windfarm is jointly owned by Northland (60%) and its partner Yushan Energy (40%).