Siemens Gamesa to Set-up Ishikari, it’s First Offshore Wind Power Project in Japan

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy was awarded the firm order to construct the 112-MW offshore wind power plant Ishikari from Green Power Investment. This is the first offshore firm order for offshore wind turbine manufacturer giant in Japan.

The order contains 14 SG 8.0 -167 DD offshore wind generators with a total capacity of 8 megawatts each and a 167-meter rotor. The order also includes a 15-year full-scope service agreement. In July 2023, the Ishikari offshore wind energy project will be installed.

“Green Power Investment’s confidence and support for Siemens Gamesa is inspiring, and we are eager to deliver the Ishikari Project. We will build on the Japanese onshore business, which has close to 1GW of installed capacity or is currently in service. This offshore wind turbine and the service agreement offer a great opportunity to add more clean, renewable energy to the country’s energy mix”. Marc Becker, CEO, Siemens Gamesa Offshore Business Unit, says that it is a testimony to our proven technology that the SG 8.0-1167 DD machine has received ClassNK certification.

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The SG 8.0 -167 DD was designed for offshore use. It meets all local codes and standards for offshore use, including those pertaining to typhoons and seismic activity, 50 Hertz operation and operation in low and high ambient temperatures. The rotor’s 167-meter diameter has a sweep area of 21,900 m2. It uses B81 blades measuring 81.4 meters each.

The wind turbine’s ClassNK certification confirms that it meets all technical requirements for Ishikari. The Ishikari project is also the second project of commercial scale to be certified by ClassNK. Construction approvals in Japan are subject to this requirement. The project will be approximately five kilometers from the shore of Ishikari Bay, Hokkaido in Japan.

“Siemens Gamesa has more than 20 years’ experience in Japan and is confident that it can help the Japanese offshore wind market. We see many opportunities for supply chain development and local employment with Green Power Investment. We look forward to working together on the Ishikari offshore power project,” Russell Cato, managing director of Siemens Gamesa Japan.

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Since 1999, Siemens Gamesa has been in Japan. Siemens Gamesa’s track record in onshore wind includes 600 MW of installed capacity, and 340MW under maintenance and operation. Japan is now the second country to receive firm offshore orders from Siemens Gamesa in Asia-Pacific. More than 3 GW have been placed by the company in Taiwan. This includes the installation of Taiwan’s first offshore wind power station in 2019.

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