Sif confirms contract for foundations Japanese offshore wind farm

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Sif Holding’s order for the delivery of the foundations for the 139 MW Japanese Akita-Noshiro offshore wind project is now definitive. The steel manufacturer announced it has signed the contract with Japanese Kajima Corporation.

Under the contract Sif will supply 33 monopiles and 33 transition pieces, representing a total of around 25 KTon of steel. The foundations will be manufactured in Sif’s Maasvlakte 2 facility.

The company previously anounced it was in exclusive negotiations and has as such included the order in the order book. With the signing of the contract the order is now definitive. Sif sees see good mid and long-term opportunities in the Japanese offshore wind market. It is already investing for 5 years in building up business relations and opened an office in Tokyo last year.

Akita-Noshiro offshore wind project
The offshore wind project is being developed by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, a consortium lead by Marubeni Corp. and also including OBAYASHI CORPORATION, Tohoku Sustainable & Renewable Energy Co.Inc., Cosmo Eco Power Co., Ltd., The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., The Akita Bank, Ltd., Ohmori Co., Ltd., Sawakigumi Corporation, Kyowa Oil Co., Ltd and Sankyo.

The project will see 33 wind turbines being installed off the coast of the ports of Akita and Noshiro, in the Akita prefecture in the north-west of Japan. The project will have a total capacity of around 139 MW. MHI Vestas has been awarded the turbine supply contract. It will supply 33 of its V117-4.2 MW turbines. 13 will be installed near the port of Akita and 20 near Noshiro. The latter port will also be used as main port from where the installation will take place.

The wind farm project is planned to become operational by the end of 2020. The produced electricity will be purchased by Tohoku Electric Power Co., under a 20-years contract. It is the first large-scale commercial offshore wind farm in Japan.