Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has held a launch ceremony in Taiwan for the company’s first offshore nacelle assembly facility outside of Europe. Construction is due to begin in 2020 at the site located in the port of Taichung. SGRE currently has offshore nacelle assembly and manufacturing facilities in Germany and Denmark.
The land being developed in Taiwan will be used for nacelle assembly, testing, warehousing, office buildings, and outdoor storage. SGRE is also working closely with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to establish inbound and outbound logistics.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2020, and production in 2021. The facility will then support Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project, for which the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine will be used. In later years, it will provide an option for the supply of nacelles to other regional projects.
Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit for SGRE, said: “Our strategic investment in Taichung harbour with this nacelle assembly facility continues. Doing so ahead of the local content requirement timeframe demonstrates our confidence in the long-term potential of offshore wind power for Taiwan and other APAC markets. The strong foothold we are building here will enable us to better meet our customers’ needs in this market and in other parts of the region.”