Ramboll has been selected by Obayashi Corporation in Japan to design the foundations for a bottom-fixed offshore windfarm that will be one of the country’s largest when it is built
Ramboll offshore wind global market director Søren Juel Petersen did not identify the windfarm but said conditions offshore Japan and ‘extreme natural forces’ would influence the design of the foundations it develops for the project.
Obayashi recently concluded an agreement with Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to supply turbines for the Northern Akita offshore wind project, a 455-MW windfarm due to enter into operation in 2024.
Obayashi general manager Taku Kurimoto said, “Ramboll has designed foundations for over half of all offshore windfarms worldwide, so we feel confident, even if the conditions are challenging in Japan.”
Anticipating further opportunities in the country, Ramboll said it also plans to establish an office in Tokyo. “Local presence and cultural understanding are crucial for companies with the intention of doing business in Japan. It is important to be able to offer knowledge from projects outside Japan and combine that with local knowledge and an understanding of rules and regulations.”