Rotterdam-headquartered marine contractor Van Oord and Japanese construction giant Kajima have been selected as the preferred “balance of plant” contractors for three offshore wind projects in Japan totalling just under 1.7GW in generating capacity.
It is Van Oord’s first contract win in Japan. One of the wind farms will be Japan’s biggest yet, Van Oord said.
A balance of plant contract means providing all components and systems other than turbines.
In December 2021, the Japanese government picked three consortiums, all led by Mitsubishi Corporation, to operate the three wind farms: a 391MW one off the coast of Choshi; a 479MW one off the coast of Noshiro, Mitane and Oga in Akita; and a 819MW one off Yurihonjo in Akita, Japan’s biggest.
Van Oord said work on the three projects is expected to start in the second half of this decade.