MHI Vestas will become the first turbine manufacturer to source transformer technology from within Taiwan, as Hitachi ABB Power Grids will supply transformers with key components from the Shihlin Electric & Engineering Corporation (SEEC) facility in Hsinchu County.
Continuing to deliver the world’s most ambitious localisation plan, MHI Vestas has today finalised a purchase agreement in Taiwan with Hitachi ABB Power Grids, in collaboration with SEEC, to secure transformer technology, which converts electricity to a higher voltage (66 kV) for long range transmission to shore.
The transformers will be used in MHI Vestas’ Changfang Phase 2, Xidao and Zhong Neng projects.
“The first deliveries of transformers in 2022 will be critical for SEEC, and we are grateful for the support of Hitachi ABB Power Grids in this collaboration. They have been critical in ensuring the development of machinery for producing transformers in Taiwan and ensuring we have world-class equipment,” said Yang Tsun-Ching, Business Group Chief Operations Officer of SEEC.
Contracts have now been signed by MHI Vestas in Taiwan for local supply of blades, transformer, blade materials (bonding glue, resin, pultruded carbon plates), towers, switchgear, rotor hubs, hub plates, nacelle base frames, low voltage cabinets, UPS systems, and PCM assembly with further local supply chain contracts planned for 2020.
At present, MHI Vestas is the only wind turbine manufacturer to procure blades, transformer, blade materials, switchgear, fasteners and cables from within Taiwan.