April 6 (Renewables Now) - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) will make the 139 MW of turbines for the Akita Noshiro offshore wind park in Japan’s Akita prefecture.
The Danish manufacturer said on Monday it has received an order from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind -- its joint venture (JV) with Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (TYO:7011). The JV in March bagged a firm order to equip the complex that will comprise two wind parks at the sites in Akita and Noshiro, northern Japan.
Vestas will supply 33 units of its V117-4.2MW typhoon variant turbines, which the manufacturer says are suitable for working in extreme wind conditions. It expects to deliver the equipment in the second half of next year, with installation planned to begin in 2022.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind will take care of the project’s entire construction.
Once up and running, the Akita Noshiro complex will be Japan’s first utility-scale offshore wind park. The company behind the project is Akita Offshore Wind Corp, which is led by Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002).
“With wind becoming a more important energy source in Japan, we are witnessing drastic increase in activities,” said Netoshi Kuriyama, vice president of sales and Japan country manager for Vestas.