Vestas to supply typhoon turbines for Japanese duo

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Turbine manufacturer Vestas has secured a 139 MW contract from MHI Vestas Offshore Wind (MHI Vestas) to deliver turbines for the
Akita and Noshiro offshore wind farms. Vestas will supply 33 Vestas V117-4.2MW typhoon variant turbines with delivery scheduled for the second half of 2021.

The V117-4.2 MW Typhoon turbine offers maximum energy production in medium to high wind speeds. It strengthens the 4 MW platform’s performance in extreme wind conditions, expanding reach into areas with very strong wind and typhoon type weather. Specifically designed for the Japanese climatic conditions, this technology has fulfilled all local certification requirements and can be applied to both onshore and offshore projects.

“We are happy to be able to support MHI Vestas, our joint venture that focuses on offshore wind, in their first firm order in Japan. This order showcases Vestas’ experience in Japan and our comprehensive turbine portfolio to have the right turbine variant to fit the market’s needs”,
said Clive Turton, President of Vestas Asia Pacific.

Located in Japan’s northern Akita prefecture, the wind farms are poised to be the first utility-scale offshore projects in Japan. They are owned by Akita Offshore Wind Corporation, a special purpose company led by Marubeni Corporation, with additional Japanese project sponsors. MHI Vestas will be responsible for the overall construction of the project.

Installation is expected to commence in 2022. A total of 13 turbines will be supplied at the Akita site, while the Noshiro site will incorporate 20 turbines. In total, the projects will supply the equivalent of nearly 130,000 homes. The electric power output from the farms will be fed through both the Akita and Noshiro ports in Akita Prefecture, with an expected output of 55 MW at Akita Port and 84 MW at Noshiro Port.

“Japan is an important market to us, and we will continue to work closely with our customers and partners to offer best-in-class renewable energy solutions to support Japan’s clean energy transition,”
said Netoshi Kuriyama, Vice President of Sales and Japan Country Manager for Vestas. “With wind becoming a more important energy source in Japan, we are witnessing drastic increase in activities."

MHI Vestas is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. It revealed that it had secured work on the two projects
last month.

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