Dutch maritime contracting company Van Oord and Japanese construction company Kajima have landed work on a trio of offshore wind projects, off the coast of Japan.

Van Oord confirmed this week it and Kajima had been selected as the preferred balance of plant contractors for three offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 1.7-gigawatts, while adding it was its first contract “of this size” in Japan.

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The award will see Van Oord and Kajima provide all supporting components and auxiliary systems for the wind farms, other than the wind turbines.

It is understood that all three projects will feature a combined 134 GE Haliade-X wind turbines with an individual capacity of 12.6 megawatts, which will be manufactured and delivered by GE.

It comes after the Japanese government selected three consortiums in December last year, all led by Japanese giant Mitsubishi, as the operators for three offshore wind power projects in Akita, in northern Japan, and Chiba, near Tokyo.

Van Oord said it and Kajima had already been supporting the three consortiums in developing the projects and would now continue to do so.

“By joining forces with Kajima, Van Oord aims to contribute to the successful development of offshore wind as a sustainable energy source for Japanese society,” Van Oord said in Monday’s statement.

“These three Balance of Plant projects… will further strengthen Van Oord’s long term presence in the growing offshore wind market in Asia.”

The three offshore wind projects include a 391 MW wind farm near Choshi in Chiba, a 479 MW project off the coast of Noshiro, Mitane and Oga in Akita, as well as an 819 MW project off the coast of Yurihonjo in Akita, which Van Oord stated would be the largest wind farm in Japan.

Work on the three offshore wind projects is expected to start in the second half of the 2020s and will take place over several years.

Japan has set climate goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 26% by 2030, compared to 2013 levels, as part of its pathway to net zero emissions by 2050.

To help reach these goals, Japan is aiming to install up to 10 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2030, and 30 GW to 45 GW by 2040.