Siemens Gamesa to install 47 wind turbines in Taiwan wind farm

Formosa 2

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) will install 47 SG 8.0+167 DD offshore wind turbines for the 376-MW Formosa 2 marine wind farm in Taiwan. In detail, the company received an order from Grupo the Green Investment Group (GIG) in charge of the project.

The deal also includes a full-service contract for 20 years, which will enable the company to provide full services for the turbines, including spare parts and tool supply, as well as guaranteeing the plant’s optimal operation.

The Formosa 2 marine wind farm will be located in Miaoli County. This facility will have 47 SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbines and construction is set to begin in 2020.

The project will be located near Taiwan’s first commercial wind farm Formosa 1, an installation with a total of 22 Siemens Gamesa wind turbines distributed between phase 1 and phase 2.

Positive investment

“We are pleased to announce a positive investment decision and that we are now ready to commence construction of the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm,” says Kimberly Cram, Project Director of Formosa 2.

Once completed the Formosa 2 offshore wind farm will generate enough green electricity to power 380,000 homes. The project represents a significant contribution to Taiwan’s renewable energy targets and we look forward to working closely with our local and international partners to ensure its successful completion.”

The firm order for the Formosa 2 project takes SGRE’s order backlog in Taiwan to close to 2 GW. This latest wind park will be one of the first projects of the Taiwanese government’s zonal development program. This initiative was launched to promote a 5.5 GW offshore wind build-out by 2025.

According to Cram, the project will also benefit from the cooperation of local and international contractors as the construction phase moves forward.

“Fortune Electric will deliver the onshore infrastructure required to connect the project to the local electricity network, Jan de Nul will deliver the foundations and offshore cables and Siemens Gamesa will deliver the wind turbines,” Cram said.

It will be financed by international consortia

Formosa 2 was jointly developed by Macquarie Capital (75%) and Swancor Renewable Energy (25%).

The total cost of the project is 62.4 million New Taiwan dollars (about US$2 billion). This project will be financed by a consortium of 20 international and Taiwanese banking institutions.

The keen interest shown by this consortium evidences the potential of the Formosa 2 project and offshore energy in Taiwan, GIG said. The funds will be used to support the project’s construction and development.

“GIG is committed to supporting Taiwan in achieving its green energy ambitions and, together with Formosa 1 and Formosa 3, our projects could deliver up to 2.5 GW of offshore wind energy,” said Mark Dooley, Global head of Macquarie's Green Investment Group.

“Taiwan is fast becoming Asia’s foremost offshore wind market and we are proud to be playing a leading role in its offshore wind story,” he added.

State-of-the-art technology

Siemens Gamesa wind turbines use efficient direct drive technology that minimizes the wear of the components. It also improves the efficiency of the permanent magnet generator.

The company informed these turbines also use the High Wind Turbine Ride Through, which stabilizes power production and helps turn the turbine off when wind speed is over 25 meters per second.

These blades will be developed using Siemens’ IntegralBlade technology, which enables each fiberglass-reinforced epoxy blade to be cast in one piece and make blades of optimum quality.

The incorporated sensors offer remote diagnosis services and aid in the detection of issues in the turbines and preventing possible failures. The sensors also help to analyze vibration patterns, adjusting the service plan, and reducing serious damage.

Also, the turbines have a rotor diameter of 167 m and a blade length of 81.5 m, with a swept area of 21,900m² each and a voltage of 690V and 50Hz frequency.

These turbines provide optimal power for offshore projects and are designed to withstand adverse conditions. They each offer a nominal power of 8 MW.

The turbines will offer variable speed and will be installed on the foundation, at a depth of 55 meters.

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