Japanese offshore wind power player Hibiki Wind Energy has selected the Danish manufacturer of offshore wind turbine MHI Vestas Offshore Wind as preferred wind turbine supplier for the 220 MW Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm (OWF).
Hibikinada is the first awarded, commercial-scale project to be announced in Japan. The wind farm is expected to enter the construction phase in FY 2022. It will be the first project to feature this turbine model in the Asia Pacific region.
“It is a great honour for MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to be confirmed as preferred wind turbine supplier for the Hibikinada Offshore Wind Farm off the southwest coast of Japan,” said MHI Vestas CEO, Philippe Kavafyan.
“Relying on our strong parent company, MHI, we will bring our flagship V174-9.5 MW technology and recognized offshore wind experience to serve Japan’s ambitious renewable energy development plans,” Kavafyan added.
Once installed, the project will feature the most powerful wind turbines operating in Japan.
The landmark project will be developed by Hibiki Wind Energy, a consortium of five partners who have the ambition to build a new energy infrastructure in Japan to advance the country’s renewable energy transition.
MHI Vestas, which has established a local entity in Tokyo to manage construction and service activities in Japan, looks to build on its lineage with parent company, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, as it accelerates activity in the market.
MHI Vestas Offshore Wind is a joint venture between Vestas Wind Systems A/S 50% and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI) 50%. The company’s focus is to design, manufacture, install and service wind turbines for the offshore wind industry.