First Sif monopile shipment arrives in Akita

In: Windfarms
The first 9 monopiles of the total 33 for the Akita and Noshiro wind farms have arrived in Akita from Sif’s terminal in Rotterdam. This event further contributes to  the kick-start of offshore wind in Japan. Sif’s client, Kajima Corporation is one of the biggest general contractors in Japan, and mentioned the following: 'Kajima has been looking forward to seeing the first shipment arrive in Akita.'

Fred van Beers, CEO of Sif Holding commented: “Sif is evaluating the development of the Japanese offshore wind market for some years now. Sif recognises the ongoing development of offshore wind in Japan and therefore has decided to open a sales office in Tokyo in 2019 to study further expansion of Sif’s business activities in Japan. This first delivery of Sif monopiles to Japan is an important milestone for us.”

Akita and Noshiro wind farms, which are set to be the first utility-scale offshore wind projects in Japan, will be delivered by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, a special purpose company set up by a consortium led by Marubeni.

Located at the ports of Akita and Noshiro in the coastal zone of Akita prefecture, the wind farms will feature 33 Vestas V117-4.2 MW typhoon variant turbines which will be delivered in the second half of 2021. With an output of 139 MW, the project will supply around 130,000 homes once complete in 2022.

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