SGRE establishes Taiwan supply chain

TAIWAN: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has announced ten new memorandums of understanding with companies involved in the Taiwanese supply chain, as the manufacturer prepares for rapid build out.

SGRE supplied two 4MW turbines to the Formosa 1 pilot phase -- Taiwan's first offshore wind project (pic: Swancor)

The ten MoUs have been agreed with Danish, German, Indian and Taiwanese companies. Each deal includes the use of local facilities in Taiwan and competitive pricing, SGRE said.

The announcements make SGRE one of the most localised OEMs in the south-east Asian market.

The ten non-binding MoUs have been made with:

- Denmark-based AH Industries and Taiwan's Yeung Gang Energy Technology Group (YGG) for large steel and metal component production

- Danish composite turbine components provider Jupiter Bach for items such as canopy and spinners

- Denmark's KK Wind Solutions for control systems and converters

- Danish cooling systems provider Nissens

- India's RMG Steel for sheet metal work

- Two deals with local companies for low-voltage cable harnessing: one with Sinbon Electronics and Ta Ya Electric Wire & Cable; and a second with Sinbon and Walsin Lihwa

- Taipei-based Teco Electric and Machinery for yaw motors

- Walsin Lihwa for high-voltage cables

- and Germany's Würth for fasteners and other small components.

Niels Steenberg, executive general manager for offshore in Asia-Pacific at Siemens Gamesa, said: "As 5.5GW of grid capacity was awarded by 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."

SGRE was one of the earliest movers in the market, after supplying two 4MW machines to the Formosa 1 pilot project — the nation's first offshore wind capacity installed in 2016.

SGRE is set to provide its SWT-6.0-154 turbine to the 120MW Formosa 1 phase 2 project, being developed by Ørsted, Macquarie Captial and Swancor Renewable.

In its partnership with Swancor, SGRE committed to maximising local content for the nation's offshore wind sites.

In February, SGRE signed another MoU with Yeong Guan Energy to develop Taichung harbour on the country's west coast.

Elsewhere in Taiwan, SGRE signed a letter of intent with German developer Wpd to supply 80 SG-8.0-167 turbines.

Wpd secured rights from Taiwanese authorities in April to develop the 700MW Yunlin project, 360MW of which must be online by 2020.

"The growing offshore wind market in the region requires sound, skilled partnerships to meet the ambitious governmental goals. 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 SGRE offshore CEO Andreas Nauen.

Joint venture

Meanwhile, Danish fabricator Bladt Industries has formed a joint venture (JV) Century Wind Power, a subsidiary of Taiwanese steel company Century Iron and Steel Industry, to build offshore foundations.

The two companies had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in November 2017 to share competencies and experiences to improve the nation’s offshore wind supply chain.

L-R: Klaus Steen Mortensen, CEO of Bladt Industries, Jong-Chin Shen, Taiwanese minister of economic affairs, Wen-Hsiang Lai, chairman of Century Wind Power, and Ming-De Wang, deputy mayor of Taoyuan City

Century Wind Power is an offshoot of the steel structure manufacturers targeting underwater infrastructure in the offshore wind industry.

It installed the Taiwanese offshore wind sector’s first met mast tower in 2004, according to its website.

The JV’s partners have previously signed other MoUs and supply agreements for Taiwan’s offshore market.

Century Wind Power had signed a letter of intent with monopiles specialist Sif Group to examine opportunities to supply foundations in Taiwan.

Meanwhile, Bladt and had formed a JV with fellow Danish company Semco Maritime and Taiwanese ship builders CSBC Corporation to produce and supply offshore substations.

Taiwanese authorities awarded licences for 5.5GW of capacity across two rounds in April and June, making it one of the most attractive new offshore wind markets in the world.

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