Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas has been awarded a 139MW wind turbine supply contract for the Akita Noshiro offshore wind farm project in Japan.

Awarded by MHI Vestas, the contract will see Vestas supply 33 Vestas V117-4.2MW typhoon variant turbines for the project.

Once completed, the wind farm will be the first utility-scale offshore wind farm project in Japan and will be located in the country’s northern Akita prefecture.

Vestas Asia Pacific president Clive Turton said: “We are happy to be able to support MHI Vestas, our joint venture that focuses on offshore wind, in their first firm order in Japan.

“This order showcases Vestas’ experience in Japan and our comprehensive turbine portfolio to have the right turbine variant to fit the market’s needs.”

Akita Noshiro offshore wind farm is owned by Akita Offshore Wind, a special purpose company led by Marubeni with additional Japanese project sponsors.

Construction activities of the wind farm will be carried out by MHI Vestas Offshore Wind.

Vestas noted that its V117-4.2MW Typhoon turbine has been specifically designed for the Japanese climatic conditions.

The company intends to deliver turbines in the second half of 2021 with installation expected to begin in 2022.

Vestas sales vice-president and Japan country manager Netoshi Kuriyama said: “Japan is an important market to us, and we will continue to work closely with our customers and partners to offer best-in-class renewable energy solutions to support Japan’s clean energy transition.

“With wind becoming a more important energy source in Japan, we are witnessing a drastic increase in activities.”