Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has appointed a leading offshore wind installation and service contractor to work with it on pre-assembly for Phase 2 of the Formosa 1 project offshore Taiwan.
The company has signed a letter of intent with FairWind to collaborate on pre-assembly work for the project, with installation due to take place this year, and pre-assembly to start in Q2 2019. Working from a branch office in Taipei, Q1 2019 will see the company establish an organisational setup for technicians and office employees.
The 120-MW Formosa 1 Phase 2 project consists of 20 Siemens Gamesa’s SWT-6.0-154 wind turbines. The site is located around 6 km off the west coast of the Miaoli district in the Taiwan Strait with water depths ranging from 15 m to 30 m. The windfarm will be installed using a project organisation that combines experienced international personnel and local employees.
Under the terms of the letter of intent, FairWind will hire and train Taiwanese technicians in order to be ready for pre-assembly operations on Formosa 1 Phase 2. Training will be conducted through FairWind’s partnership with European the Wind Academy and will include onsite preparation in Europe.
Siemens Gamesa global commodity manager, strategic procurement Hervé Bouraima said, “Local know-how will be a key in creating value for the market and society in Taiwan. It is important for us to work towards training local technicians already for Taiwan’s first commercial scale project. With FairWind as a partner for the project we are confident that we’ll jointly meet this objective.”
The market in Taiwan and other countries in Asia including Japan, China and South Korea will be addressed in a presentation at the 2019 Offshore Wind Journal Conference which takes place 5 February 2019 in London.
Commercial opportunities in the region will be addressed by Offshore Wind Consultants director John MacAskill and William Cleverly, managing director, Offshore Wind Consultants Taiwan.