Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded preferred supplier status for a 455-MW project in Akita prefecture
Offshore wind turbine manufacturer Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has been awarded preferred supplier status for a 455-MW project in Akita prefecture.
The company that granted Siemens Gamesa preferred supplier status, Obayashi Corporation, is to compete in an upcoming auction under the terms of 2018 legislation promoting offshore wind in Japan. Under the 2018 law, Obayashi Corporation is required to participate in a national tender to secure development rights for the project.
The preferred supplier agreement for the project includes using the SG 8.0-167 DD offshore wind turbine, together with a long-term service agreement. Should Obayashi be successful, commercial operation of the Northern Akita offshore windfarm, in the northern region of Tohoku, is planned from 2024 onwards. Deliveries are subject to Obayashi Corporation’s final investment decision.
Siemens Gamesa offshore chief executive Andreas Nauen said entering the Japanese offshore wind market is a significant development for the company. He described it as “another example of the true globalisation currently taking place within the industry.”
Obayashi Corporation technology development business division general manager Yuichi Yamamoto said the project is “core to our expansion into a new business.”
In addition, Obayashi Corporation and Siemens Gamesa also signed a memorandum of understanding to promote the benefits of the project to local society. Under the terms of the agreement, they will work together to support the development of local infrastructure for offshore wind businesses, explore opportunities to collaborate with suppliers in the area and engage with residents and local stakeholders.