Siemens Gamesa inaugurates new Taichung nacelle facility

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 14/09/2021 Siemens Gamesa
Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has officially inaugurated its new nacelle assembly facility in Taichung. This is the company’s first such facility outside of Europe. The ceremony was attended together by central and local government authorities and wind industry partners.

As announced in 2019, the facility will now be starting regular operations, after having already completed Taiwan’s very first local offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly in early August 2021.

"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. Today’s inauguration demonstrates our pioneering spirit and commitment to leading the offshore revolution in the market and the APAC region. Working with dedicated, local professionals who strive to safely increase the deployment of offshore wind power energizes us to continue with our global growth plans,”
said Marc Becker, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa.

The piece of land developed in Taichung measures over 30,000 square meters, and is currently used for nacelle assembly, testing, warehousing, office buildings, and outdoor storage. Construction started in April 2020 and was completed in Q3 this year. It will support Ørsted’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.

"With Siemens Gamesa’s inauguration of Taiwan’s first nacelle assembly facility, we have achieved the significant milestone in development of offshore wind industry, and it is also seen as an important step in the implementation of local content for the industry. This is just a beginning, and I sincerely hope Siemens Gamesa can continue to expand its footprint in terms of local content and play the constructive role in enabling Taiwan’s energy transition,“ said Shen Jong-Chin, Vice Premier of Executive Yuan, Taiwan.

“We are very proud to once again deliver on our promises in Taiwan, together with our client Ørsted, our contractors, central and local authorities who have contributed and guided us throughout the process. We are confident that with the right policy framework on offshore wind, we will help Taiwan realize a cleaner and more sustainable future. We are looking forward to leveraging this local footprint to serve this purpose and deliver offshore wind nacelles to projects in the region,” commented Niels Steenberg, General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.

Siemens Gamesa was awarded the firm order to supply 111
SG 8.0-167 DD  turbines to Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 and 2a projects in January 2019. This order accelerated the development of the now-inaugurated offshore nacelle assembly facility.

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