MHI Vestas readies V164 for typhoons

TAIWAN: Offshore wind turbine manufacturing joint venture MHI Vestas will upgrade its V164 machine for typhoon-prone sites, as it lines up local suppliers.

MHI Vestas will make its V164 platform 'typhoon ready' by 2020

The Danish firm said it would work closely with certification body DNV GL and local partners to ensure the 9MW platform will meet "S class" standards and be "typhoon ready" from 2020.

MHI Vestas co-CEO Lars Bondo Krogsgaard said: "Our 9MW turbine platform will be typhoon ready by 2020... ensuring that our turbine will be ready for the demanding Taiwanese site conditions."

Details on how the turbine will be adapted were not revealed.

In preparation of its first orders in Taiwan, MHI Vestas has also signed memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with local engineering firm Teco and drivetrain specialist the Switch to provide generator products.

Teco chair Sophia Chiu said: "Teco has been engaged in wind power for years, mainly producing onshore wind turbine generators

"Only via local assembly of wind turbines by system manufacturers in Taiwan can a local supply chain be established, leading to the localisation of related technology, manufacturing, and maintenance capabilities.

"Together with our partners, TECO will target not only Taiwan but also other global markets, including Japan, South Korea, Southeast Asia and Asia-Pacific markets."

"Signing the MoU today... is a very important step for us in the rollout of our localisation plan," Krogsgaard added.

MHI Vestas recently signed similar agreements with local groups including CSMC for towers, Tien Li for blade manufacturing, Swancor for composites and resins, and Formosa Plastics Corporation for materials for blade manufacturing.

It was also named the preferred supplier for Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners' three projects, totaling 1.5GW, of which 900MW was allocated licences by Taiwan authorities at the end of April.