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GE wins 66MW order in Japan

JAPAN: GE Renewable Energy will supply the turbines for the 66MW Akita Katagami wind project in the Akita prefecture in the north of Honshu.

GE's high-wind 3.2-103 turbine will supply the power at the new 66MW project in Japan
GE's high-wind 3.2-103 turbine will supply the power at the new 66MW project in Japan

Power will be provided by 22 GE-3.2-103 turbines, supplied by Japanese construction outfit Shimizu Corporation.

The Japanese media reported the order amounting to approximately 10 billion yen (€81 million).

The 3.2MW turbine has been designed to cope with Japan’s wind conditions and terrain, and features strengthened drivetrains, upgraded electrical systems, advanced lightning protection, along with reinforced towers and blades, said GE.

The Akita Katagami wind farm marks the largest single order for the 3.2-103 turbine, and includes a 15-year service agreement. GE will set up a service and maintenance facility in Akita, helping reduce supply lead time that has previously been an issue with imported components.

Once commissioned, the project will be operated by a special purpose company comprising Venti Japan, Mitsubishi Power Corp, and C-Tech.

GE effectively exited the Japanese market in 2007, and the return of the firm that still retains the number two share in Japan based on in-place business, is seen as possibly setting off a renewed round of competition for turbine sales.

The Japanese government has plans to provide between 22% and 24% of energy from renewable sources, including a 1.7% contribution by windpower, by FY 2030.

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