Shimizu offshore wind installation vessel – Credit: ABB
The Japanese company Shimizu Corporation has signed an offshore wind partnership agreement with the Dutch offshore installation giant Heerema Marine Contractors.
The cooperation, targeting the Japanese offshore wind market, is mainly focused on the installation of wind turbine foundations, where Heerema will support Shimizu with its expertise in offshore engineering and construction.
Jeroen van Oosten, Business Unit Director Wind for Heerema Marine Contractors, said: “We look forward to supporting Shimizu on its journey into the Japanese offshore wind market. We are happy and honored to be working with a general contractor with a strong ambition to support the growth of offshore wind in Japan.
According to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), Japan aims to expand its offshore wind power capacity to 10 GW by 2030 and to 30-45 GW by 2040.
Shimizu participated in the first pilot offshore wind projects in Japan and has the ambition to play a major role in the Japanese energy transition.
The company, who in July also entered into a cooperation agreement with Fred. Olsen Ocean, is currently building one of the largest jack-up installation vessels with a 2500 t crane for offshore wind construction. The ship will be delivered at the end of 2022.
More than 100 new offshore wind turbine installation and maintenance vessels and foundations will be required for offshore projects planned over the next decade, as the number of proposed projects increases, but also as turbines and the foundations are growing, which means that the fleet currently available cannot install them. What’s more, most of the current fleet could become obsolete by 2025. That’s according to a new study from World Energy Reports. Read more here.