Japanese engineering firm invests in monopile facility

JFE Engineering Corporation has decided to make a capital investment for a new monopile foundation fabrication facility for offshore wind power. The factory is poised to be the first monopile manufacturing facility in Japan, and is expected to require a total capital investment of around 40 billion yen (approx. £265 million).

The monopile factory is to be constructed on the JFE Steel West Japan Works premises in Kasaoka City, Okayama Prefecture.

JFE Engineering Corporation stated that large single heavy plate manufactured by JFE Steel is to be transported to the new factory in Kasaoka City, where it will manufacture monopile and transition piece raw pipes.

After that, the monopile will be shipped directly to the offshore wind project construction sites. The transition piece raw pipe will be transported by sea to JFE Engineering Tsu Seisakusho, and after installing the secondary parts and interior parts to make the transition piece finished product, it will be transported by sea from Tsu Seisakusho to the construction site.

JFE Engineering Corporation aims to add jacket foundations to its offering and establish a full line-up system for offshore wind power foundation manufacturing.