Installation of 7-MW floating turbine off Fukushima to start in Feb
Oct 30, 2014 - The consortium behind the 16-MW Fukushima offshore floating wind park plans to start installation of the first 7-MW turbine at the site in early February, Japanese firm Mitsubishi Corp (TYO:8058) said today.
The experimental project has three pieces -- a 2-MW machine, which has been operational since November 2013, and two 7-MW oil pressure drive-type floating turbines. The production of undersea cables and their subsequent connection to the 66-kV floating power sub-station is also part of the scheme, which is funded by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
The project partners expect to take delivery of the three-column semi-sub floater for one of the 7-MW turbines on November 10. At Onahama port the project team will be assembling a large-scale crane between late November and late January. The nacelle and tower for the machine are currently being assembled.
Along with Mitsubishi, the other consortium members are Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002), The University of Tokyo, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd (TYO:7011), Japan Marine United Corp, Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding Co Ltd (TYO:7003), Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp (TYO:5401), Hitachi Ltd (TYO:6501), Furukawa Electric Co Ltd (OTCMKTS:FUWAY), Shimizu Corp (TYO:1803) and Mizuho Information & Research Institute Inc. They have been working on the project since March 2012.
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