MHI Vestas has signed a contract to manufacture towers for offshore wind turbines in Taiwan as a wind industry veteran takes the reins at its newly-formed entity in Taipei.
The conditional contract was signed by the company in partnership with CS Wind/Chin Fong and will see wind turbine towers manufactured in Taichung Harbour.
MHI Vestas co-chief executive Lars Bondo Krogsgaard said the deal “underscores our strong commitment to the Taiwan offshore wind market and a local supply chain.”
He said an agreement signed with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) – that will ensure turbine towers built for windfarms in Taiwan meet local content rules – and the conditional tower contract with CS Wind and Chin Fong, affirm that, when there is a stable and visible pipeline of projects, MHI Vestas is ready to invest and deliver in Taiwan.
In addition to the conditional tower contract, MHI Vestas has already signed memorandums with local suppliers to manufacture blades, generator products and a range of blade materials.
To date, the company has been named by CIP and China Steel Corporation as preferred wind turbine supplier for 900 MW of offshore wind projects and said its 9-MW turbine will be ‘typhoon ready’ in 2020.
The company’s new legal entity in the country, MHI Vestas Offshore Wind Taiwan Ltd, is being led Gary Sun, a local wind industry veteran who recently joined the company. He has been in the wind power industry for the past 12 years and is a pioneer and promoter of wind in Taiwan in the onshore and offshore markets. He previously worked for TECO Electrical and Machinery Co and led a team establishing a supply chain in Asia, building the first and the only wind turbine with a high proportion of local components. He has also managed commercial expansion in southeast Asia, China and Japan for TECO.
MHI Vestas said additional staff will join the company before the end of the year.