SGRE in line for 900MW Taiwan order

TAIWAN: Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has been named as preferred supplier for the first 900MW of Ørsted's Greater Changhua projects off the country's west coast.

Siemens Gamesa will adapt its SG 8.0-167 DD for markets in the Asia-Pacific region

The manufacturer will supply approximately 112 of its ‘typhoon-ready’ SG 8.0-167 DD turbines for the 605.2MW Changhua 1 and 294.8MW Changhua 2 sites, Ørsted stated.

As part of the agreement with the Danish developer, SGRE has committed itself to establishing a local nacelle assembly facility near Taichung Harbour by 2021.

Towers will also be produced locally by metal forming firm Chin Fong at its facilities in the harbour.

In early October, Chin Fong signed a supply deal with the manufacturer to deliver towers for wpd’s 640MW Yunlin wind farm.

SGRE said in September it would adapt its 8MW, direct-drive turbine with a rotor diameter of 167 metres, for the Asia-Pacific markets to meet the region’s grid codes and withstand its typhoons and seismic activity.

Offshore construction of the first 900MW of Ørsted’s Changhua wind farms is planned to start in 2021, the company stated.

This will be dependent on the signing of the power purchase agreement (PPA) for the project by the end of 2018 and Ørsted’s final investment decision (FID), which is expected in March 2019, it added.

The Danish developer has rights to four sites with a combined capacity of 2.4GW off the coast of Changhua county, and in March, committed to investing $13 billion in the projects.

It was awarded capacity for its 605.2MW Changhua 1 and 294.8MW Changhua 2 wind farms by Taiwan’s ministry of economic affairs (MOEA) in April.

Ørsted was then awarded a further 920MW in the Greater Changhua zone two months later.

The first two Changhua sites must be connected to the grid in 2021, while Ørsted’s other Changhua wind farms — which have capacities of 337.1MW and 582.9MW — are required to be online by 2025.

Ørsted owns a 35% stake in Taiwan’s first commercial-scale offshore wind project, Formosa 1, which will be extended from its current 8MW capacity to 128MW in 2019.