June 15 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) will work with Taiwan International Windpower Training Corporation (TIWTC) to establish a Global Wind Organization (GWO) training centre in Taichung, Taiwan.
The two parties have entered into a non-binding letter of intent (LoI) for the collaboration on the implementation of international GWO training programmes, Siemens Gamesa announced on Thursday, adding that it will use the above-mentioned facility to train its staff in Taiwan.
Siemens Gamesa is the company that installed Taiwan’s first offshore wind power plant -- the 8-MW Formosa 1, Phase 1 -- in 2016, and is involved as a turbine supplier in the 120-MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind project. Moreover, it was chosen last month as the preferred supplier of turbines for the 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind project. With this latest move, the company reinforces its commitment to the local wind industry in the long term, it said.
TIWTC was created last month with the specific purpose of building a GWO training centre in Taichung harbour to provide courses to domestic and international wind power industry personnel. It is a joint venture between TIPC, Taiwan Power Company (TPC), CWind Taiwan, China Steel Corporation (CSC), China Ship Building Corporation (CSBC) and Swancor Renewable Energy Co.
The training facility should enter the construction phase in the third quarter of the year so it could start trial operations as soon as the first quarter of 2019.
Previously, Siemens Gamesa engaged with Taichung International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to prepare the Taichung harbour for offshore wind business and then partnered with Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group and Swancor to build up the local supply chain.