Spain-based Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has secured a contract to supply 20 SWT-6.0-154 turbines for the Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore windpower plant in Taiwan.
The new contract will boost the project capacity by 120MW.
In addition to the turbine supply, SGRE has also signed a 15-year full-service agreement, which includes the provision of spare parts and tools in order to ensure the reliability and optimal performance of the turbines.
SGRE signed the contract with the owner’s consortium partners, including Macquarie Capital, Ørsted, and lead developer Swancor Renewable Energy.
Contracts are subject to the joint venture’s final investment decision and financial close, which are expected later this year.
SGRE intends to begin the installation of the 20 SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines by next year, and expand the total capacity of Formosa 1 windpower plant to 128MW.
Siemens Gamesa will be installing its wind turbines on monopile foundations at the site, which is located approximately 6km off the west coast of the Miaoli district in the Taiwan Strait.
Upon completion, Formosa 1 will become the first project built as part of the official Taiwanese Grant Scheme, which was announced by the government in 2012 to support an offshore turbine fleet of up to 520MW to be in operation by 2020.
SGRE Offshore CEO Andreas Nauen said: “We are proud to be involved with the Formosa 1 development team in this pioneering project, which we started a few years ago with phase one, and are now able to continue with an even more advanced technology.
“This contract is an important milestone for the development of offshore wind in the region. Also, it is an important step for Siemens Gamesa in our ambition to support Taiwan in implementing a reliable and efficient energy system to meet the government’s targets for decarbonisation.”