Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has signed a memorandum of understanding with Taiwan International Ports Corporation regarding developing Taichung harbour as an offshore wind business.
The non-binding MoU will see the companies investigate possibilities for a potential manufacturing site, office facilities, and staging areas. Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) also plans to open an offshore wind development office to enhance its responsiveness to customers. Its Taipei office will serve as a regional offshore wind hub in the Asia Pacific region, excluding mainland China.
“Signing the MoU demonstrates our strong desire to contribute to the development of offshore wind in Taiwan. We fully believe in the potential of this emerging market, and wish to support it with our knowledge as an industry leader,” said Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy’s chief executive Offshore, Andreas Nauen.
“The offshore wind industry in Taiwan is looking at over 10 GW of projects,” said Mr Nauen. “In 2017, strong supportive signs were shown by the Taiwanese government, with detailed grid capacity planning, and an increase of the long-term ambitions.
“Similarly, significant milestones have been completed in the rest of the region. Japan is developing the first utility-scale projects, and Korea has now commissioned their first commercial-sized offshore wind power plant. We look forward to helping ensure that the right infrastructure is in place, as well as maintaining efforts towards further cost reductions.”
In 2016, Siemens Gamesa installed Taiwan's first offshore windfarm, the 8 MW Formosa Phase 1 demonstration project.