GE Vernova’s onshore wind business has been chosen by Abukuma South Wind Power to supply turbines for the Abukuma South wind farm in Fukushima prefecture, Japan.
The project will feature 28 GE Vernova 3.2-103 turbines, which will provide 90MW of power.
Abukuma South Wind Power has made a turbine supply agreement with Kandenko, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the project, and a long-term full-service contract with GE Vernova.
The collaboration marks GE Vernova’s second venture with Cosmo Eco Power in Japan. Cosmo Eco Power, Nemoto Tsusho, Maruto and Tohoku Electric Power are the shareholders backing the project.
The Abukuma South wind farm aligns with Fukushima prefecture’s renewable energy promotion vision, which aims to meet Fukushima’s entire energy demand with renewable sources by 2040.
The project is expected to contribute to the country’s objective of raising the renewable energy share in the national electricity mix to 38% by 2030.
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Cosmo Eco Power business development director and executive officer Sayuri Hashikawa stated: “This project was planned to support the introduction of renewable energy as one of the priority areas of the national project to rebuild the country following the Great East Japan Earthquake and the tsunami that occurred in 2011, with a goal to build a new industrial base.
“In implementing this project, we aim to co-exist and prosper with the local community and key stakeholders, including GE Vernova, by cooperating with local businesses in construction, operation and maintenance.”
GE Vernova’s 3.2-103 onshore wind turbines have a minimal environmental footprint and are able to withstand Japan’s challenging weather and unique wind conditions.
GE Vernova onshore wind business chief commercial officer Steve Swift stated: “We appreciate the confidence that Cosmo Eco Power has shown in our 3MW class turbine line and value the continued opportunity to advance the government’s renewable energy goals with wind power.
“Projects like this illustrate how GE Vernova, together with our customers, is working to electrify the world while we simultaneously decarbonise it.”
GE Vernova is currently powering a quarter of Japan’s onshore wind capacity.
The company is also preparing to launch the Haliade-X, the world’s largest offshore wind turbine, which will further bolster Japan’s renewable energy infrastructure.