June 20 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy SA (BME:SGRE) has been selected as the preferred supplier of turbines for an up to 455-MW offshore wind project in Japanese waters off the coast of Akita prefecture, the company announced on Wednesday.
Tokyo-headquartered construction company Obayashi Corporation (TYO:1802) has entered into an agreement that outlines the use of Siemens Gamesa’s SG 8.0-167 DD turbine model as part of the Northern Akita Offshore Wind Farm project in the northern region of Tohoku. The two companies have also agreed on a long-term service contract.
The 2018 law promoting offshore wind in Japan requires that Obayashi takes part in a national tender in order to obtain development rights for the project. The company will award a firm turbine supply order to Siemens Gamesa only after taking a final investment decision for the project. The plan is to have the wind farm up and running from 2024 onwards.
Obayashi and Siemens Gamesa have also entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to promote benefits to the local society throughout this project. The pair will back the development of local infrastructure for offshore wind businesses and explore options to collaborate with suppliers in the area, the announcement says.