MHI Vestas has concluded a purchasing agreement with Fassmer Atech Composites Taiwan (FACT) for the local supply of spinner covers and nacelle covers.
Spinner covers and nacelle covers are made of composite glass fiber material and shield wind turbine systems from the outer sea environment, which are especially useful for sometimes harsh conditions off the coast of Taiwan.
These components will be used for MHI Vestas’ Changfang Phase 2, Xidao and Zhong Neng ventures, adding more credibility to the most ambitious localization plan currently being implemented by MHI Vestas in Taiwan.
The spinner covers and nacelle covers will be manufactured for the MHI Vestas V174 turbines at the FACT facility in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
“While the offshore wind supply chain is advancing in Taiwan through our early projects, creating opportunities for knowledge transfer is important. The joint venture between Fassmer, a known supplier for wind products, and Atech Composites, a skilled manufacturer with a top class facility, is a perfect fit for building technical knowledge in spinner and nacelle covers in Taiwan. This purchase agreement demonstrates how we are able to facilitate sustainable localisation in Taiwan through certainty in volume.“Maida Zahirovic, MHI Vestas Taiwan business director.
“We are delighted to be working with MHI Vestas to supply some of the first offshore wind projects in Taiwan with locally-made spinner covers and nacelle covers. Our joint venture with Atech Composites, and this contract, creates significant value for the offshore wind supply chain in Taiwan. The production of spinner covers and nacelle covers for MHI Vestas’ V174 platform will ensure that these components made in Taiwan become globally competitive through consistency in volume.“Holger Fassmer, managing director at Fassmer and chairman of the board at FACT.
“Partnering with Fassmer, an established wind power business, is a wonderful opportunity for our company to enter the offshore wind industry. Our facility in Kaohsiung will be the production and operation centre for the spinner covers and nacelle covers, so we will create many sustainable, local jobs in offshore wind here in Taiwan. We are pleased to be supplying MHI Vestas for their V174 turbines.“Chris Chen, managing director of Atech Composites and FACT.
Contracts have now been signed by MHI Vestas in Taiwan for the local supply of blades, blade materials (bonding glue, resin, pultruded carbon plates), towers, switchgear, rotor hubs, hub plates, nacelle base frames, low voltage cabinets, UPS systems, PCM assembly, spinner covers and nacelle covers with additional local supply chain contracts scheduled for 2020.