March 25 (Renewables Now) - Japanese marine contractor Penta-Ocean Construction Co Ltd and Belgian offshore marine engineering firm DEME Offshore plan to work together on the construction of offshore wind parks in Japan.
The two companies have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding their comprehensive cooperation in this field, they said on Tuesday. The announcement comes after Japan’s recent introduction of regulations to promote offshore wind generation in the general sea areas, as well as in port and harbour areas.
The first step of the new partnership will be to launch advanced technologies that are considered to be useful and beneficial to the local market.
DEME Offshore specialises in the transportation and installation of foundations and turbines, as well as of subsea power cables. So far, it has installed over 2,200 offshore wind turbines. The company owns a fleet of installation vessels that includes self-elevating platform (SEP) vessels, a floating heavy lift vessel and other specialised vessels for cable installation, wind farm maintenance and offshore services.
On the other hand, Penta-Ocean has been engaged in the design, construction and removal of an offshore wind demonstration facility in the Hibikinada District of Kitakyushu Port, Fukuoka Prefecture. The firm owns the first offshore installation vessel in the country and is currently building a second one.