Japan’s First Commercial-Scale Offshore Wind Farm Fully Up and Running

The remaining 13 Vestas V117-4.2 MW wind turbines installed off Akita Port as part of the 140 MW Akita Noshiro offshore wind farm have been put into commercial operation.

Akita Offshore Wind Corporation
Source: Akita Offshore Wind Corporation

Marubeni started commercial operation based on the feed-in tariff (FIT) programme for renewable energy at the Akita Port offshore wind farm on January 31, 2023.

Noshiro Port offshore wind farm, which comprises 20 Vestas V117-4.2 MW wind turbines, has been in commercial operation based on FIT since December 22, 2022, and is currently operating well, the developer said.

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Akita Offshore Wind Corporation (AOW) plans to operate and maintain the wind farms for 20 years with its operations and maintenance (O&M) base located at Noshiro Port.

Wind farm installation vessel Seajacks Zaratan was in charge of transporting and installing all of the 33 turbines at the site.

AOW is 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.

According to Marubeni, the bottom-fixed project cost was JPY 100 billion (EUR 712 million).

Tohoku Electric Power is the power off-taker under a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

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