Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to collaborate on developing Taichung harbor in Taiwan for the offshore wind business.

The companies will work together to assess the areas of the harbor that are suitable for offshore wind development.

Under the non-binding MoU, the two companies will indentify a potential manufacturing site for offshore wind components, office facilities, and staging areas including storage, pre-assembly, and quayside load-out.

However, the companies did not set a timeline for finalization of the cooperation agreement.

SGRE offshore CEO Andreas Nauen said: “The offshore wind industry in Taiwan is today looking at over 10 GW of projects under planning according to official information.

“During 2017, strong supportive signs were shown by the Taiwanese government, with detailed grid capacity planning, and an increase of the long term ambitions. Similarly, significant milestones have been completed in the rest of the region.”

Besides, SGRE has opened a new office location in Taipei to increase offshore wind customer responsiveness in APAC excluding mainland China.

The office, which will serve as the offshore wind regional hub,  will deliver the latest offshore wind and service portfolios along with the company’s other regional offices in Japan and Korea,

As of July 2017, in the Asia Pacific region, Siemens Gamesa had installed over 9GW across Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, China, India, Australia and New Zealand markets.

In 2016, the company installed Taiwan's first offshore wind power plant, the 8 MW Formosa Phase 1 demonstration project.

Image: However, the companies did not set a timeline for finalization of the cooperation agreement. Photo: Courtesy of xedos4/