Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) announced on Tuesday its recently unveiled 14-MW direct-drive (DD) turbine model will be used for the 300-MW Hai Long 2 offshore wind farm project in Taiwanese waters.
The new SG 14-222 DD offshore wind turbine, the prototype of which will be installed in 2021, is also being considered for deployment as part of the rest of the 1,044-MW Hai Long pipeline, the company said.
Specific conditions at the Hai Long 2 site will determine how many turbines will be used, according to the press release.
The turbine maker last year signed a preferred supplier agreement, the terms of which are subject to the signing of the supply contract and the project consortium taking the final investment decision (FID).
The consortium is formed by Canada's Northland Power Inc (TSE:NPI) and Taiwan-based developer Yushan Energy Co, jointly owned by Japanese trader Mitsui & Co Ltd (TYO:8031) and Singapore’s Yushan Energy Pte Ltd.
As Siemens Gamesa recently announced, the company is currently building a nacelle assembly base in Taichung as part of its strategy to establish a regional industrial hub and a local supply chain. The base will first assemble nacelles for the 900-MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a cluster of offshore projects developed by Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED).
After the work for Ørsted is finalised, the facility will be expanded to make nacelles for the Hai Long 2 project. The decision to expand the nacelle assembly base will depend on the FID and approval of the Industrial Relevance Proposal for Hai Long 2 by Taiwanese authorities.
Nacelle production for Hai Long 2 is planned to commence in 2024, the year when the SG 14-222 turbine is scheduled to be commercially available.
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