Japan’s First Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Takes Final Shape

All wind turbines have been installed at the 140 MW Akita Noshiro wind farm offshore Akita Prefecture, Japan.

Akita Noshiro comprises a total of 33 Vestas V117-4.2 MW wind turbines. 20 of the units were installed off Noshiro Port, and the remaining 13 offshore Akita Port.

Akita Port offshore wind farm. Source: AOW

The commissioning of the installed turbines is ongoing and the wind farm is expected to enter commercial operation by the end of the year, Akita Offshore Wind Corporation (AOW), the developer of the project, said.

Noshiro Port offshore wind farm. Source: AOW

Wind farm installation vessel Seajacks Zaratan was in charge of transporting and installing the turbines at the site.

The jack-up installed the first Vestas V117-4.2 MW wind turbine in early July.

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Seajacks Zaratan had also installed the monopile foundations at the two sites prior to starting the turbine installation.

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AOW is a special-purpose company established by a consortium led by Marubeni which also includes Obayashi Corporation, Tohoku Sustainable & Renewable Energy, Cosmo Eco Power, The Kansai Electric Power, Chubu Electric Power, The Akita Bank, Ohmori, Sawakigumi Corporation, Kyowa Oil, Katokensetsu, Kanpu, and Sankyo.

Kajima Corporation is the project’s EPCI contractor.

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