ZAMUDIO, Spain – Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy says it plans to expand its nacelle assembly facility in Taichung to form a regional offshore wind nacelle industrial hub together with Taiwan-based 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 the Taiwanese authorities, and final investment decision by the project partners, Northland Power Inc. and Yushan Energy. Siemens Gamesa was named as preferred supplier for the offshore wind turbines in November 2019.
The facility is currently under construction and is expected to start production in 2021 to deliver nacelles to Ørsted’s Greater Changhua 1&2a offshore wind power project. Once the nacelle assembly work is completed in 2022, the Taichung factory expansion will start, the company said. It will include doubling the plot area to more than 60,000 sq m (645,834 sq ft), as well as at least doubling the number of employees working in the factory.
Two new production halls and a new warehouse will be constructed, encompassing local hub, and backend production in Taiwan for the company’s latest offshore wind turbine technology.
In 2019, Siemens Gamesa and Yeong Guan Group (YGG) signed an agreement for localized hub and base frame castings for Hai Long 2. YGG will build a new global casting production factory for offshore wind in Taichung, neighboring Siemens Gamesa’s plot.
Additionally, the company has now signed four conditional contracts for the localization of six different types of nacelle components for Hai Long 2. All these components will be delivered to the company’s Taichung factory as part of the localized nacelle production process.
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