December 6 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) will explore turning Taichung harbour in Taiwan into an offshore wind hub under a cooperation agreement with Taiwan International Ports Corp (TIPC).
The wind turbine manufacturer said today it has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MoU) with TIPC, the scope of which includes looking into a potential manufacturing site for offshore wind components, office facilities, and staging areas including storage, pre-assembly and quayside load-out.
The deal comes as Siemens Gamesa's offshore head Andreas Nauen said the company fully believes in the potential of this emerging market. "The offshore wind industry in Taiwan is today looking at over 10 GW of projects under planning according to official information," Nauen noted.
No timeframe has been set for completing work under the agreement.
Siemens Gamesa, which last year installed the 8-MW Formosa Phase 1 offshore wind demonstration project in Taiwan, also said it has opened an office in Taipei to serve as regional offshore wind hub in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region, excluding mainland China.