September 17 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) on Monday launched a project calling for the installation of a new offshore nacelle assembly facility in Taiwan, planning to begin construction next year.
Production at the new plant at the port of Taichung is expected to begin in 2021. The new site will be used for nacelle assembly, testing, warehousing and outdoor storage and will support Siemens Gamesa in meeting local content requirements for the 900-MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a cluster of offshore projects. The company got a firm order to equip Ørsted A/S’ (CPH:ORSTED) project with its SG 8.0-167 DD machines this summer.
In later years, the new assembly plant can be used for the supply of nacelles to other projects in the Asia-Pacific, Siemens Gamesa said.
The project will create Siemens Gamesa’s first offshore nacelle assembly base outside Europe. The turbine manufacturer currently has offshore nacelle production and assembly factories in Germany and Denmark.