Siemens says it has received its first order from J-Wind Setana, a joint venture between Electric Power Development Co. and Hokutaku Co., to supply, install and commission 16 direct-drive wind turbines with a capacity of 3.2 MW each.
Siemens says that the wind power plant Setana Osato, which has a total capacity of 50 MW, will be installed in the town of Setana in the east of Hokkaido Island. After commissioning in 2018, Siemens will also be responsible for the service and maintenance of the wind turbines for a long-term service contract.
“Our advanced technology solutions are well suited for the Japanese wind power market and will support to enhance cost-competitiveness of wind power in the country,” says Thomas Richterich, CEO onshore at Siemens’ wind power and renewables division.
Since 1999, Siemens has installed a total of 200 MW in Japan, receiving its first orders for direct-drive wind turbines in 2013 for the Eurus Akita Port wind farm. The company also supplied the Eurus Yurikogen wind power plant with 17 direct-drive turbines and, most recently, announced another order for over 13 direct-drive wind turbines for the Higashi Yurihara wind power plant.