Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy announced on Monday that it had been awarded a conditional order to supply offshore wind turbines for the 376 megawatt (MW) Taiwanese Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project.
The Formosa 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project is set to be located off the coast from Miaoli County, in the country’s north-west, and will be located close to the site of the Formosa 1 project, which currently consists of the 8 MW Phase 1 and the under-construction 120 MW Phase 2 expansion — an expansion which is also using Siemens Gamesa offshore wind turbines. Formosa 1 Phase 1 is Taiwan’s first offshore wind farm, completed in November of 2016, to be followed by Phase 2 which reached financial close a year ago and which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
Developed by a consortium consisting of Macquarie Capital and Swancor Renewable Energy, the firm turbine order for Formosa 2 is subject to the consortium’s final investment decision.
If the project proceeds, Siemens Gamesa will provide 47 of its SG8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines as well as a full service contract for 20 years.
“We are delighted to continue our close collaboration with Swancor and Macquarie in Taiwan, which started on Formosa 1, Taiwan’s very first offshore wind power project,” said Niels Steenberg, Executive General Manager of Siemens Gamesa Offshore for Asia-Pacific. “Siemens Gamesa is committed to the success of those early developments, which will lay the foundations for a prosperous and sustainable offshore wind industry in the market.”
Siemens Gamesa is currently the dominant supplier in Taiwan’s nascent offshore wind industry, also securing earlier this month the contract to supply turbines to the 640 MW Yunlin offshore wind power plant being developed by German wind power developer wpd. Set to be built 6 kilometres off the coast of Yunlin County, on the country’s west coast, the Yunlin offshore wind farm will also boast Siemens Gamesa 8.0-167 DD turbines.
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