Siemens Gamesa has received a firm order by wpd offshore to supply turbines to the 640MW Yunlin offshore wind farm in Taiwan.
Located approximately six kilometers from shore in the Taiwan Strait, the Yunlin wind farm will feature 80 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines.
This first firm order in Asia Pacific (APAC) for the SG 8.0-167 DD also includes a 15-year long-term service agreement, Siemens Gamesa said.
Construction is expected to start in 2019, with turbine installation beginning in 2020.
“We are extremely satisfied that the preferred supplier agreement we reached with wpd offshore one year ago has materialized into a firm order,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.
”It is furthermore encouraging to be able to introduce the SG 8.0-167 DD in APAC with an order of this volume. There is an increasing number of such sizeable opportunities in the region, and we are looking forward to contributing further to the growth of offshore wind in this part of the world.”
The project will feature localized towers in 2021, via CS Wind and Chin Fong Machine Industrial’s partnership in Taichung harbor, thereby satisfying official localization requirements on turbine components, Siemens Gamesa said.
Niels Steenberg, SGRE General Manager Offshore for the APAC region, said: “We are very proud that all the preparation work we did together with wpd and our suppliers unfolds into this important milestone. As the first large scale project in Taiwan, Yunlin will be setting up the scene for other later developments, and we will be needing continued support from local authorities and our partners to take on the challenges ahead.”
The Yunlin project is 73% owned by wpd and 27% owned by a Sojitz Corp-led consortium which includes Chugoku Electric Power Co. Inc., Chudenko Corporation, Shikoku Electric Power Co., Inc., and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation. The project achieved the financial close last week.