Danish engineering company Ramboll ha secured a contract to design foundations for a new offshore wind farm in Japan.
Obayashi Corporation will employ a Ramboll design team for a period of approximately one year for the project.
Under the contract, the company will perform the detailed foundation design for the entire offshore wind farm.
However, the name of the Japanese offshore wind farm for which Ramboll won the contract has not been revealed.
Ramboll said that the special conditions in Japan and the extreme natural forces have great influence on the foundation design.
“There is a giant potential for Ramboll in Japan. At the same time, however, the geographic location is very challenging for offshore wind turbines. The area has a reputation for both earthquakes and typhoons, which require certain foundation design standards to withstand the giant forces of nature”, said Søren Juel Petersen, Global Market Director for Offshore Wind in Ramboll.
Ramboll to set up office in Tokyo, Japan
The engineering company is also looking to set up an office in Tokyo, as it considers local presence as crucial to do business in the country.
In March, Ramboll was chosen by the US energy company Dominion Energy to support development and engineering aspects of the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind (CVOW) project.
The 2.6 GW CVOW project is expected to become the largest offshore wind farm in the US.
The offshore wind farm will supply 650,000 US homes with zero-carbon electricity when it comes online the end of 2026.
Ramboll won the contract for the CVOW project in a competitive process that was based on a combination of cost, performance and track record.
Currently, the company employs 2,000 employees in the US. It increased its headcount by 900 following the acquisition of the US engineering company OBG in 2019.
With an increased expertise, Ramboll believes that it is better equipped to handle the tough conditions in the US offshore wind market.