Siemens Gamesa and Ørsted Firm Up Changhua Order

Siemens Gamesa has received the firm order from Ørsted for their 900MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a offshore wind power project in Taiwan.

Siemens Gamesa
Source: Ørsted

The project includes the Asia-Pacific variant of the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine and a service agreement.

As part of this firm order, Siemens Gamesa will establish a nacelle assembly facility at Taichung Harbor. The facility is expected to be ready in 2021, exceeding the local content creation timeline as set by the Taiwanese government, the company said.

Wind turbine towers for the project will be supplied locally through the partnership between CS Wind and Chin Fong in Taiwan, meeting the official requirements for local content on wind turbine components. Offshore construction for the project is scheduled to begin in 2021.

“In becoming a firm order, Greater Changhua 1 & 2a serves to significantly strengthen Siemens Gamesa’s presence in Taiwan. Our commitment to create a nacelle assembly facility – ahead of the local content requirement timeframe as set by the Taiwanese government – demonstrates our belief in the market and its long-term potential,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit in Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy.

The SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine variant for Asia-Pacific markets is tailored to meet local codes and standards regarding typhoons, seismic activities, 60 Hertz operation, as well as operation in high and low ambient temperatures. The 167-meter diameter rotor has a swept area of 21,900m2, and utilizes the SGRE B81 blades, each measuring 81.4 meters.

The Greater Changhua 1 & 2a wind farm will feature 112 wind turbines installed on jacket foundations 35-50 kilometers off the coast of Changhua County. The offshore wind farm will be constructed in 2021 and 2022.

Matthias Bausenwein, President of Ørsted Asia Pacific, said: “We have taken the final investment decision for the Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project and are now moving full speed ahead to meet the construction timelines so we can bring clean energy to the people of Taiwan on time. Today’s contract signing with Siemens Gamesa also demonstrates our strong commitment to localization and our strong support for Taiwan to continue being a frontrunner in building an offshore wind industry in Asia.”