Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has received the firm order from Orsted for its 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind power project in Taiwan.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy will supply the Asia-Pacific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine for the wind power project. Siemens Gamesa will set up a nacelle assembly facility at Taichung Harbor. The facility is expected to be ready in 2021.
A partnership between CS Wind and Chin Fong in Taiwan will supply wind turbine towers for the project.
Offshore construction for the project will begin in 2021, Matthias Bausenwein, president of Orsted Asia Pacific, said.
“Our commitment to create a nacelle assembly facility – ahead of the content requirement timeframe as set by the Taiwanese government – demonstrates our belief in the market and its long-term potential,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
The SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine variant for Asia-Pacific markets addresses local conditions. It ensures that the SG 8.0-167 DD is tailored to meet local codes and standards regarding typhoons, seismic activities, 60 Hertz operation, as well as operation in high and low ambient temperatures.
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said the 167-meter diameter rotor has a swept area of 21,900 m2, and utilizes the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 meters.
By 2020, more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines will be installed globally, says Niels Steenberg, executive general manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.