February 9 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) is stepping up preparations for the take-off of offshore wind in Taiwan by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on supply chain collaboration.
The turbine manufacturer said today it has entered into a non-binding MoU with Yeong Guan Energy Technology Group (TPE:1589), or YGG, which will be exploring the establishment of a foundry, machining and painting facilities at the Taichung Harbor in Taiwan. The agreement comes after Siemens Gamesa signed a MoU with Taiwan International Ports Corp in December for potentially turning the harbour into an offshore wind hub with a manufacturing site, office facilities and staging areas.
"The promising potential of the Taiwanese offshore market combined with our positive experience with the government has encouraged us to intensify our efforts," said offshore chief executive Andreas Nauen.
Rainer Mueller-Wallenborn, head of offshore procurement, noted that according to official information Taiwan currently has more than 10 GW of projects under planning. Taichung Harbor, meanwhile, is close to Changhua County, off of which many of the offshore wind zones defined by the Taiwanese government are located.
The Spanish-based company said it will provide advice and support to YGG regarding compliance to offshore wind quality. No timeline has been set for completing the cooperation agreement.
Siemens Gamesa installed the 8-MW Formosa Phase 1 project, Taiwan's first offshore wind power plant, in 2016.