Siemens Gamesa Expands APAC Presence

New Nacelle Assembly Facility in Taiwan

Wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa is to strengthen its presence in the Asia-Pacific with the construction of an offshore wind power nacelle assembly facility in Taiwan.
The complex will be the firm’s first such facility outside of Europe, and will be used for offshore nacelle assembly and testing, as well as breakbulk transport, warehousing, administration, and outdoor storage.

“Our strategic investment in Taichung harbor with this nacelle assembly facility continues as previously communicated. Doing so ahead of the local content requirement timeframe demonstrates our confidence in the long-term potential of offshore wind power for Taiwan and other APAC markets. The strong foothold we are building here will enable us to better meet our customers’ needs in this market and in other parts of the region,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the offshore business unit in SGRE.

Construction to Start 2020
The facility will be built on a parcel of land measuring more than 30,000 square meters. Siemens Gamesa is also working closely with Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC) to establish inbound and outbound logistics in newly established quaysides nearby.

“Construction is due to begin in 2020 at the site located in the port of Taichung. This represents an important milestone for the company in the fast-growing Asia-Pacific region,” a spokesperson for Siemens Gamesa said.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy is partnership between German engineering firm Siemens and Spanish wind developer Gamesa, and is one of the largest operators in offshore, onshore and wind power services. The firm has offshore nacelle assembly and manufacturing facilities in Germany and Denmark.

SG 8.0-167 DD turbine

Production at the new facility is to begin in 2021, with initial fabrication set to focus on the SG 8.0-167 DD turbine design, in support of ├śrsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a project. Beyond this the firm plans to expand to the supply of nacelles to other regional projects.

“Thanks to this nacelle assembly facility, we will be creating more opportunities of working with the growing localized supplier network as well as developing a skilled offshore workforce. All these efforts will contribute to building a competitive local supply chain, in line with international standards in terms of safety, costs, quality, and making Taiwan a leading offshore market,” said Niels Steenberg, general manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific.

A long-term collaboration between Siemens Gamesa and TIPC was first agreed in December 2017 via a memorandum of understanding to develop Taichung harbor for the offshore wind power industry.

Photo: Siemens Gamesa cargo. Credit: SG