Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy plans to expand its nacelle assembly facility in Taichung, Taiwan. The goal is to form a regional offshore wind nacelle industrial hub in partnership with local suppliers.
The first project to be supported by the broader manufacturing plant will be the 300 MW Hai Long 2 project.
The expansion is subject to certain conditions including Hai Long 2’s Industrial Relevance Proposal (IRP) being approved by Taiwanese authorities, and final investment decisions by the partners. Siemens Gamesa was named as the preferred supplier for the offshore wind turbines in November 2019.
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The facility is currently under construction and will start production in 2021 to deliver nacelles to Orsted’s Greater Changhua 1&2a offshore wind power project. Once the nacelle assembly work is completed in 2022, Taichung factory expansion will start. It will include doubling the plot area to over 60,000 m2, as well as at least doubling the number of Siemens Gamesa employees working in the factory.
“Our actions to localise and expand nacelle manufacturing in Taiwan demonstrate our strong beliefs in both the Taiwanese market and the Asia Pacific region as a whole. Supported by proactive policies, strong wind resources, and a proven contribution to combatting climate change, offshore wind is an essential element in the energy mix around the globe,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa offshore business unit.
Two new production halls and a new warehouse will be constructed, encompassing local hub, and backend production in Taiwan for Siemens Gamesa’s latest offshore wind turbine technology. This will open opportunities for a range of local suppliers to feed components directly to the factory, thanks to high proximity, and short transportation time to Taichung.
The company has now signed four conditional contracts for the localisation of six different types of nacelle components for Hai Long 2. All of these components will be delivered to Siemens Gamesa’s Taichung factory as part of the localised nacelle production process. Similarly to the deal made with YGG, three of those contracts include the setup of new local production facilities:
- KK Wind Solutions will invest in a new production plant in Taiwan, as well as in the recruitment and the training of a local workforce to enable knowledge transfer. The factory will manufacture uninterruptible power supplies and power conversion systems.
- SINBON will extend its existing footprint with a new production line in Taiwan for cable manufacturing.
- Atech, together with an existing global supplier, will provide nacelle canopies and spinners. A new production line will be set-up in Taiwan accordingly. This collaboration will combine strong offshore wind expertise with local market knowledge and production capabilities.
- Würth will leverage its existing footprint in Taiwan and strong local supplier network to locally procure fasteners.
“We are very glad to announce the reinforcement of our local supplier footprint with four very experienced wind component manufacturers, and a local company. We are confident that they can contribute to our vision to create a greater industrial hub in Taiwan, as a foundation for future exports, and we are looking forward to work with them on the Hai Long 2 project” said Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.
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