It will adapt seven of its SG 4.5-145 turbines — traditionally an onshore model — for an offshore environment, the manufacturer stated.
The turbines will be installed at the 32MW first phase of independent power producer Tan Hoan Cau Joint Stock Corporation’s Thanh Hai project.
Thanh Hai 1 will be installed between 2km and 5km from the coast of Ben Tre province in southern Vietnam and the manufacturer expects it to be commissioned in mid-2020.
Siemens Gamesa will service the site for ten years has also signed a conditional agreement to supply seven more SG 4.5-145 turbines for a second phase to the project.
Richard Paul Luijendijk, Siemens Gamesa’s CEO in Asia Pacific, added the manufacturer is also in discussions with financial partners, including the Danish Export Credit Agency, an international bank and one of Vietnam’s largest banks to put together a debt package for the developer.
This total includes the turbines it provided for for Vietnam’s largest onshore wind farm — the 40MW Dam Nai project in Ninh Thuan in the south-east of the country.
It has also signed orders to supply 1.5GW of offshore turbines in Taiwan, and been named preferred supplier for an additional 831MW in Japan and Taiwan.
Vietnam’s government has set a target of 800MW of wind power installations by 2020, with this goal increasing to 2GW by 2025, and 6GW by 2030.
Its only operational offshore project is a two-phase, 99MW wind farm in the Mekong River Delta off Vietnam’s south coast, which also features onshore turbines — 62 GE 1.6-82.5 machines — adapted for offshore operations.