The project, to be located approximately 6 km from shore in the Taiwan Strait, will reach a total capacity of 640 MW. The letter of intent, which is still subject to final contract, will remain valid until July 2019. It was signed based on the use of 80 units of SGRE’s latest offshore wind turbine, the SG 8.0-167 DD, including a 15-year long-term service agreement.
“We are delighted to have been selected by wpd and glad to confirm that our cutting-edge offshore wind turbine, the SG 8.0-167, is ready for the Taiwanese market from 2020,” said Andreas Nauen, offshore CEO at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “We look forward to this preferred-supplier agreement soon becoming a confirmed order.”
Added Niels Steenberg, SGRE’s general manager offshore for the APAC region, “As the first large-scale project in the APAC region, it will play a crucial role in the development of the offshore wind industry in Taiwan. Today, we are closely working with wpd to meet the targeted timeline and ensure required infrastructure will be in place for successful implementation.”
With a target of 520 MW installed by 2020 and a capacity of 3.8 GW for offshore wind projects in the first round of its grid allocation mechanism, the Taiwanese government has sent strong signals to establish an offshore industry starting in 2020. To support this ambitious goal, Siemens Gamesa has already signed several Memoranda of Understanding with local partners.
“We place great value in joining forces to help achieve the government’s targets,” Nauen said. “With the intensified cooperation of SGRE with our long-standing customer wpd, strong partners are now driving the implementation of an early utility-scale offshore project forward. Further work we are doing with separate MoU partners, including Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group, and Swancor Holdings Co., are all aimed at developing the Taiwanese offshore wind industry.”
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