Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been named as the preferred supplier by Danish energy company Ørsted for its 900 MW Greater Changhua offshore windpower projects in Taiwan.

The deal is for around 112 of Siemens Gamesa’s 8 MW offshore wind turbines, plus a service agreement.

Once the final contract is signed, Siemens Gamesa will set up a nacelle assembly facility near Taichung Harbour, which is expected to be ready by 2021 and offshore construction is set to start in 2021.

Wind turbine towers for the projects will be supplied locally through a partnership between CS Wind and Chin Fong in Taiwan.

Andreas Nauen, chief executive of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, said the Greater Changhua deal “represents an extremely significant leap forward for SGRE in Taiwan”.

The direct drive turbine that will be used for the project is especially built for the Asia-Pacific market. It meets local codes and standards regarding typhoons, seismic activities, 60 Hertz operation, as well as operation in high and low ambient temperatures. It has a 167-meter diameter rotor and a swept area of 21,900 m2.

Matthias Bausenwein, Ørsted’s general manager for Asia Pacific, said: “Building large-scale wind farms in the offshore conditions of the Taiwan straits is a new journey for Ørsted.”

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