Spanish wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with China’s Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group (YGG) for the development of an offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan.

As per the terms of the MoU, YGG will research options for establishing windpower component manufacturing, machining and painting facilities at the Taichung Harbour in Taiwan, while SGRE will provide advice and support on complying with offshore wind quality and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) standards.

“Taichung Harbour has the potential to become a regional hub for the industry.”

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s offshore CEO Andreas Nauen said: “The promising potential of the Taiwanese offshore market combined with our positive experience with the government has encouraged us to intensify our efforts.

“We are convinced that this emerging market offers interesting business opportunities. As one of the world’s leaders within the offshore wind industry, we look forward to gaining a foothold in this market.”

Last December, SGRE signed its first agreement with Taiwan International Ports (TIPC) to investigate potential manufacturing sites, office facilities and staging areas.

SGRE offshore procurement head Rainer Mueller-Wallenborn said: “The Taichung Harbour is a choice location, close to Changhua County, off of which the majority of the zones defined by the Taiwanese government for offshore wind projects are found.

“As we stated in December 2017, there are more than 10GW of projects under planning overall in Taiwan according to official information.

“We, therefore, believe the Taichung Harbour has the potential to become a regional hub for the industry, and we are very happy to reinforce our commitment to its development with YGG.”