Japan’s JFE Engineering Corporation, is all set to build a factory, to construct monopile foundations and transition pieces, for the offshore wind production industry. The building of jack-type foundations are also planned for the near future, by the company.
JFE said, “The monopile foundation consists of a transition piece for connecting the monopile as a support and the wind turbine tower and is an extremely thick, large-diameter, long super-heavy object, which is difficult to manufacture at existing factories in Japan. When completed, this factory will be the first monopile basic manufacturing factory in Japan”.
The monopile factory is would be constructed inside the premises of JFE Steel West Japan Works, Kasaoka City, Okayama Prefecture, Japan. The construction is expected to start by May, 2022. The plant is scheduled to be started in April, 2024, with an initial capacity of delivering approximately fifty pieces a year. The total capital investment in both the bases, is expected to be approximately 40 billion yen ($363.3 million).
The government of Japan aims to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions to zero, by the year 2050. The company is working extensively to support this ambitious aim, as offshore wind can be rightly dubbed as the key to make renewable energy, the main source of power for mass usage.
The country plans to have up-to ten gigawatts of offshore wind capacity installed by the next decade (2030) and about thirty to forty gigawatts, by the year 2040, with the goal of an increased domestic procurement ratio of 60%.
The company said, “Our launch of a domestic manufacturing business for monopile foundations will greatly contribute to the achievement of this government goal”
Large single heavy plates would be delivered to the new factory, by JFE Steel. These would be used for the construction of transition piece raw pipes and monopiles.
The monopiles, after being constructed, would be shipped directly to the offshore wind construction sites. While the transition piece raw pipes are to be transported by the sea, to JFE Engineering Tsu Seisakusho, after installing the secondary and the interior parts, to make transition pieces a finished product.
The company further said, “We will promptly establish a domestic monopile manufacturing base, and in the future, we will add a jacket-type foundation that has already abundant achievements in port piers, etc., and establish a full lineup system for offshore wind power foundation manufacturing. We will surely meet the rapidly expanding construction demand for offshore wind power generation and will greatly contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality”.