Siemens Gamesa receives first Japanese offshore wind order

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has revealed that it will be working on the 112 MW Ishikari offshore wind farm in Japan. The contract, from Green Power Investment, is Siemens Gamesa's first such in the country.
Green Power Investment’s confidence in Siemens Gamesa is invigorating, and we’re eager to deliver the Ishikari project", commented Marc Becker, CEO of the Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit. "We’ll build on our established onshore business in Japan, with close to 1 GW already installed or under service. These offshore wind turbines and service agreement are an excellent opportunity to bring more clean, renewable energy into the country’s energy mix. Furthermore, it is a testament to our proven technology that our SG 8.0-167 DD machine is the first dedicated offshore wind turbine to receive ClassNK certification."

Included in the order are 14 of of the turbines Becker mentions. These 8 MW machines feature 167-metre rotors and are designed for offshore use, meeting local codes and standards regarding typhoons among other things. The rotor has a swept area of 21,900 m2 and utilizes BZ81 blades, each 81.4 metres long.

In addition, this order includes a full-scope service agreement with a term of 15 years. Installation of the Ishikari offshore wind farm is scheduled to take place in around one year's time, in July 2023. The project will be located about 5 km off the Ishikari Bay in Hokkaido.

Russel Cato, Managing Director of Siemens Gamesa in Japan, stated: “With more than 20 years of local experience, Siemens Gamesa is committed to the Japanese wind power market, and confident we can contribute to the local offshore wind industry. Together with Green Power Investment, we see abundant opportunities for supply chain and local employment, and we look forward to working with them on the Ishikari offshore wind power project."

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