Vestas wins govt subsidy to build nacelle assembly facility in Japan

The V136-3.45 MW turbine. Source: Vestas Wind Systems (www.vestas.com).

July 23 (Renewables Now) - Vestas Wind Systems A/S (CPH:VWS) plans to set up a manufacturing assembly facility for offshore wind turbine nacelles in Japan after securing subsidy from the government.

The Danish wind turbine maker said on Thursday it is among the successful applicants in the second call of a national subsidy programme aimed at strengthening Japan’s supply chain networks. The scheme supports the development of essential products, parts, and materials, including offshore wind turbine components, with total funding of JPY 209.5 billion (USD 1.89bn/EUR 1.61bn).

According to the plan, the new manufacturing site will build modules and assemble nacelles for offshore wind turbines. Vestas noted that it will embark on the Japanese project provided that it is selected by successful clients bidding in the upcoming annual auction, and if there are sufficient volumes.

Depending on demand, Vestas will also consider establishing other parts of its regional supply chain in the country, it said.

A total of 151 proposals were selected in the so-called Program for Promoting Investment in Japan to Strengthen Supply Chains. A total of seven applications were chosen for offshore wind energy solutions in the second round.

(JPY 100 = USD 0.907/EUR 0.771)

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