Spanish wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has announced this week it has signed 10 Memorandums of Understanding with a range of suppliers in Taipei, Taiwan, fast-tracking the country’s position as the world’s next big offshore wind market.
As has been amply covered already, the Taiwanese offshore wind industry has already set itself as the next big offshore wind market to emerge, thanks to the country’s 5.5 gigawatt (GW) offshore wind by 2025 target. Already this year several big-name offshore wind players have moved into Taiwan, signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) and setting up headquarters, including MHI Vestas and Siemens Gamesa.
However, now that projects have been successfully awarded — 3.8 GW in May and another 1.6 GW in June — progress seems to be heating up, as demonstrated this week by Siemens Gamesa’s announcement that it signed 10 Memorandums of Understanding in Taipei on Wednesday, including MoUs with six global Tier 1 suppliers and four local suppliers. The announcement and signings were all part of Siemens Gamesa’s Offshore Wind Localization Day held in Taipei.
The MoUs signal Siemens Gamesa’s commitment to the region and drops the flag on the development of a significant Taiwanese supply chain. The MoUs signed today cover everything from machining, control systems, coolers, and more.
“We are encouraged by the localization plans for Taiwan of our major suppliers, and the growth plans of local suppliers,” said Andreas Nauen, CEO of the Offshore Business Unit at Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy. “The growing offshore wind market in the region requires sound, skilled partnerships to meet the ambitious governmental goals. As the industry leader in offshore wind, we look forward to bringing global supplier concepts to the local market, and bringing local supplier concepts to the global market with partners of all sizes.”
The 10 MoUs were signed between Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy and the following companies in an effort to develop the country’s offshore wind supply chain in the respective areas:
- AH Industries and YGG: Machining for large steel and metal components
- Jupiter Bach: Composites for wind turbine components such as canopy and spinners
- KK Wind Solutions (KK): Control systems and converters
- Nissens: Cooling systems
- RMG Steel: Steel parts such as various sheet metal and weldments solutions
- SINBON Electronics (SINBON) and TA YA Electric Wire & Cable (TAYA): Low Voltage cables harnessing
- SINBON and Walsin Lihwa Corporation (Walsin Lihwa): Low Voltage cables harnessing
- TECO Electric & Machinery (TECO): Yaw motors
- Walsin Lihwa: High voltage cables
- Wuerth: C-parts and fasteners
“As a global leader in offshore wind, SGRE, together with its global suppliers, can collaborate with Taiwan’s major component manufacturers, not only to build up local capabilities, but also to enhance their international competitiveness for a long-term, sustainable offshore wind supply chain for the Taiwanese and global markets,” added Yang Chih-Ching, Deputy Director General of Taiwan’s Industrial Development Bureau.
The MoUs are non-binding and establish the use by suppliers of facilities in Taiwan, price competitiveness, and compliance to Siemens Gamesa’s quality, health, safety, and environmental standards.
“As 5.5 GW of grid capacity were awarded in June 2018, a promising pipeline was laid out towards 2025,” concluded Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager for Siemens Gamesa Offshore Asia Pacific. “In this context, the support of a complete, competitive, and high-quality supply chain is essential for us to deliver our utmost to the local and regional market.”
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