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Supplier says offshore turbine will be ‘typhoon ready’ by 2020

Tue 15 May 2018 by David Foxwell

Supplier says offshore turbine will be ‘typhoon ready’ by 2020
MHI Vestas said its 9 MW turbine will be typhoon ready in time for the first round of Taiwanese offshore wind projects

MHI Vestas has confirmed that its 9 MW turbine will be typhoon ready for use offshore Taiwan by 2020 and has signed a memorandum of understanding with TECO and The Switch for the delivery of generator products.

MHI Vestas co-chief executive Lars Bondo Krogsgaard said “Our 9 MW turbine will be typhoon ready by 2020, putting us in a leading position for the early projects in Taiwan and ensuring that our turbine will be ready for the demanding Taiwanese site conditions.”

The company is working closely with DNV GL as the certifying body, and with potential customers, to adapt the turbine for conditions offshore Taiwan.

“Signing the MOU today with TECO and The Switch is a very important step for us in the rollout of our localisation plan. We have been quite impressed with their capabilities and very much look forward to advancing our discussions with them.”

TECO chairman Sophia Chiu said “TECO has been engaged in wind power for years, mainly producing onshore wind turbine generators. Together with our partners, we will target not only Taiwan but also other global markets, including Japan, South Korea, southeast Asia and Asia Pacific markets.”

The announcements from MHI Vestas come on the heels of the recently-announced grid award and just ahead of a competitive auction in Taiwan.

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