Siemens Gamesa kicks off production at Taiwanese nacelle assembly plant

Nacelle assembly in Taiwan. Image by: Twitter @Siemens Gamesa.

August 4 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has launched production at its offshore wind turbine nacelle assembly factory in Taichung, Taiwan, it said on Tuesday.

The site at the port of Taichung will serve as the nacelle assembly base for the 900-MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a cluster of offshore projects developed by Denmark's Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED). As announced previously, Siemens Gamesa decided to build it in order to meet local content requirements for the schemes. It received a firm order to equip the two power plants with its SG 8.0-167 DD machines in the summer of 2019.

The first nacelle for the 900-MW cluster was recently assembled at the 30,000-square meter (323,000-square feet) plant, the company said.

The Taiwanese facility is Siemens Gamesa’s first offshore nacelle assembly base outside Europe. The turbine manufacturer currently has offshore nacelle production and assembly factories in Cuxhaven, Germany and Brande, Denmark.

Last year, Siemens Gamesa announced plans to expand the Taichung factory and make room to accommodate production for the 300-MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind project in Taiwanese waters. It then said nacelle assembly for Ørsted will be finalised in 2022.

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