Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) today announced its wind turbine deal with Orsted for its 900 MW Greater Changhua offshore wind power projects in Taiwan.
Siemens Gamesa will supply approx. 112 units of the Asia-Pacific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine for the project.
Siemens Gamesa will establish a nacelle assembly facility near Taichung Harbor. The facility is expected to be ready by 2021, ahead of the local content creation timeline as set by the Taiwanese government.
CS Wind and Chin Fong in Taiwan will supply wind turbine towers, meeting the official requirements for local content on wind turbine components. Siemens Gamesa will start the offshore construction for the projects in 2021.
“Greater Changhua represents an extremely significant leap forward for SGRE in Taiwan. It will enable us to establish a nacelle assembly facility in Taichung Harbor by 2021,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
Siemens Gamesa said the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine variant for Asia-Pacific markets addresses local conditions across the region. It ensures that the SG 8.0-167 DD is tailored to meet local codes and standards regarding typhoons, seismic activities, 60 Hertz operation.
The SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine model has a rated capacity of 8 MW, and a rotor with a 167-meter diameter. It has a swept area of 21,900 m2, and utilizes the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 meters.
Siemens Gamesa aims to install more than 1,000 SGRE Direct Drive offshore wind turbines globally by 2020.
“Building large-scale wind farms in the offshore conditions of the Taiwan straits is a new journey for Orsted,” Matthias Bausenwein, general manager for Asia Pacific at Orsted, said in a statement.