Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has inaugurated its offshore nacelle assembly facility in Taichung, Taiwan.
This is Siemens Gamesa’s first offshore nacelle assembly facility outside of Europe.
“Siemens Gamesa leads the way in providing wind turbine solutions for the Taiwanese offshore wind market with 2 GW of firm orders and an additional 1 GW in place as preferred supplier,” says Marc Becker, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa.
It will support Orsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a Offshore Wind Farms, which will employ SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines. It will also provide an option for future projects in Taiwan and in the rest of the promising region.
Siemens Gamesa was awarded the firm order to supply 111 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines to Orsted’s Greater Changhua 1 & 2a projects in January 2019. This order accelerated the development of the now-inaugurated offshore nacelle assembly facility.
Since May 2021, nearly 80 nacelle technicians received Siemens Gamesa Technical Trainings through a partnership with the Metal Industries Research & Development Centre. This dedicated training plan was crucial to enabling the on-time production start in August 2021.
Siemens Gamesa pioneered the entire offshore wind industry in Taiwan in 2016 with the installation of the first two turbines at the 8 MW Formosa 1 Phase 1 pilot project. A ten-fold increase in machines to 20 units was installed in 2019 at Formosa 1 Phase 2. Totaling 128 MW, Formosa 1 was the country’s first commercial offshore wind power project.