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Siemens Gamesa has begun production at its offshore wind turbine nacelle factory in Taiwan, marking the company’s first offshore wind nacelle assembly site outside of Europe. The construction work on the assembly facility was commenced in March 2020, and its products will be used in in Ørsted’s 900 MW Greater Changhua 1 & 2a wind farm, located 35 to 50 km off the coast of Changhua County in the Taiwan Strait.

Ørsted is currently the largest energy company in Denmark, and has accounted for 29% of global installed capacity of offshore wind power. Recently, the company launched a NT$60 million Offshore Wind Industrial Development fund in Taiwan, aiming to provide Taiwanese suppliers with the necessary resources enter the offshore wind sector. Furthermore, the Danish firm is building Taiwan’s first large-scale and farshore offshore wind farms, located 35-60 km off the coast of Changhua County. Foundational work has already begun this year, with wind turbine installation planned in 2022. Last year, Ørsted even signed a corporate power purchase agreement with TSMC. 

Martin Neubert, CEO of Ørsted Offshore Wind, indicated that Ørsted will help the Taiwanese government to realize the ambition of making the Changhua offshore wind farms a vehicle for kick-starting a new industry. Selected as Ørsted’s preferred supplier in the project, Siemens Gamesa’s offshore business unit also expressed its beliefs in both the Taiwanese market and the Asia Pacific region as a whole.