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Vestas Receives Order for Turbine Delivery for First Japanese Utility-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Akita Noshiro

Randers, Denmark – Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has received an order from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind, the joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, to supply 33 Vestas V117-4.2MW typhoon variant turbines for Akita Noshiro Offshore Wind Farm Project.

Located in Japan’s northern Akita prefecture, the wind farm with a capacity of 139 megawatts (MW) will be the first utility-scale offshore project in Japan.

The wind farm is owned by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, a special purpose company led by Marubeni Corporation, with additional Japanese project sponsors. MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will be responsible for the overall construction of the project. Turbine delivery is scheduled in the second half of 2021 and installation is expected to commence in 2022.

According to Vestas, the V117-4.2 MW Typhoon turbine offers maximum energy production in medium to high wind speeds. It strengthens the 4 MW platform’s performance in extreme wind conditions expanding reach into areas with very strong wind and typhoon type weather. As Vestas points out, specifically designed for the Japanese climatic conditions, this technology has fulfilled all local certification requirements and can be applied for both onshore and offshore projects.

“We are happy to be able to support MHI Vestas, our joint venture that focuses on offshore wind, in their first firm order in Japan. This order showcases Vestas’ experience in Japan and our comprehensive turbine portfolio to have the right turbine variant to fit the market’s needs”, said Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.

Source: IWR Online, 08 Apr 2020