First turbine to be installed at Japan's first commercial-scale offshore wind farm

Out-Law News | 19 Jul 2022 | 3:31 pm |

Japan’s first commercial scale fixed-bottom wind farm, Akita Noshiro, will begin construction later this year.

According to a report, the wind farm includes two sites near Akita and Noshiro ports, where 33 V117-4.2 megawatts (MW) of wind turbines will be installed. 13 wind turbines will be installed on monopile foundations off the Akita port and 20 off the Noshiro port.

Once operational, the project is expected to meet approximately 125,000 local homes’ electricity need each year.

Renewables expert Karah Howard of Pinsent Masons said: “This exciting major step in the progress of offshore wind power in Japan, brings together the expertise of Japan’s leading trading houses, power companies and banks. The Akita Noshiro project will be operational in 2022 and has offtake agreements in place to permit generation of renewable energy from the 33 turbines for the next 20 years.”

Akita Offshore Wind Corporation is developing the project. The company is a consortium led by Marubeni which includes Obayashi Corporation, Tohoku Sustainable & Renewable Energy, Cosmo Eco Power, The Kansai Electric Power, Chubu Electric Power, The Akita Bank, Ohmori, Sawakigumi Corporation, Kyowa Oil, Katokensetsu, Kanpu, and Sankyo.

Kajima Corporation was selected as the engineering, procurement, construction and installation (EPCI) contractor of the project in 2020. The two wind farms are expected to be operational in 2022. The project has a 20 year power purchase agreement with Tohoku Electric power for its full output.