Germany’s Wpd AG has selected Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) as the preferred supplier of turbines for the 640-MW Yunlin offshore wind project in Taiwanese waters.
Siemens Gamesa said on Thursday it has signed a letter of intent (LoI) with the project developer to exclusively negotiate the supply of 80 units of its SG 8.0-167 DD turbine for the Yunlin scheme, which will be realised about 6 km from shore in the Taiwan Strait. The parties will also be negotiating a 15-year service agreement.
“We look forward to this preferred supplier agreement soon becoming a confirmed order,” said Andreas Nauen, Offshore CEO at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. The LoI will remain valid until July 2019.
Wpd secured 1 GW of grid connection capacity from Taiwan's Ministry of Economy for two offshore wind projects, including Yunlin, a month ago. It is expected to achieve financial close for the Yunlin scheme in late 2018 and to begin construction next year. Commissioning is seen from 2020 onwards.
Also in Taiwan, Siemens Gamesa is involved as a turbine supplier in the 120-MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 offshore wind project. It was also the one to install Taiwan’s first offshore wind power plant -- the 8-MW Formosa 1, Phase 1 -- in 2016.