Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy signed ten Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with a range of suppliers during the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Wind Localization Day in Taipei, Taiwan on Wednesday, 8 August.
The MoUs were signed with six global Tier 1 suppliers and four local suppliers. They come as a complement to previous agreements Siemens Gamesa signed with Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group (YGG) and Swancor Holding Co.
The MoUs cover solutions for offshore wind turbine components including machining, control systems, coolers, and more. Timelines have not been set for finalization of the cooperation agreements.
“We are encouraged by the localization plans for Taiwan of our major suppliers, and the growth plans of local suppliers. The growing offshore wind market in the region requires sound, skilled partnerships to meet the ambitious governmental goals. As the industry leader in offshore wind, we look forward to bringing global supplier concepts to the local market, and bringing local supplier concepts to the global market with partners of all sizes,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa.
Siemens Gamesa signed the MoUs with the following companies:
• AH Industries and YGG: Machining for large steel and metal components
• Jupiter Bach: Composites for wind turbine components such as canopy and spinners
• KK Wind Solutions (KK): Control systems and converters
• Nissens: Cooling systems
• RMG Steel: Steel parts such as various sheet metal and weldments solutions
• SINBON Electronics (SINBON) and TA YA Electric Wire & Cable (TAYA): Low Voltage cables harnessing
• SINBON and Walsin Lihwa Corporation (Walsin Lihwa): Low Voltage cables harnessing
• ECO Electric & Machinery (TECO): Yaw motors
• Walsin Lihwa: High voltage cables
• Wuerth: C-parts and fasteners
Each of the non-binding MoUs include – among other terms – the establishment or the use by suppliers of facilities in Taiwan, price competitiveness, as well as compliance to Siemens Gamesa's quality, health, safety and environment (HSE) standards. Siemens Gamesa will provide support and advice on technical qualifications, and ramping up activities for each supplier.
“As a global leader in offshore wind, SGRE, together with its global suppliers, can collaborate with Taiwan's major component manufacturers, not only to build up local capabilities, but also to enhance their international competitiveness for a long-term, sustainable offshore wind supply chain for the Taiwanese and global markets,” Taiwan IDB Deputy Director General Yang Chih-Ching, said.
The MoUs are said to further demonstrate the commitment of Siemens Gamesa to the development of the offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan, fully in line with helping reach the government’s goal of 5.5GW installed offshore by 2025.
Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager for Siemens Gamesa Offshore Asia Pacific, said: “As 5.5 GW of grid capacity were awarded in June 2018, a promising pipeline was laid out towards 2025. In this context, the support of a complete, competitive, and high-quality supply chain is essential for us to deliver our utmost to the local and regional market.”