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Righted 5MW floater on course to Fukushima

JAPAN: A 5MW wind turbine on a floating platform that keeled over in Osaka Bay in mid-May finally began its trip to the Fukushima test site at the weekend.

The 5MW Hitachi turbine is being towed 950km to the Fukushima test site
The 5MW Hitachi turbine is being towed 950km to the Fukushima test site

Known as the Fukushima Hamakaze, the three-bladed turbine produced by Hitachi rises 150 metres from the surface of the sea.

It is being towed by four tugboats at a speed of 3-4 knots per hour to the Fukushima demonstration project, approximately 950km from the assembly site, and delivery is scheduled for 8 July.

Assembly work was carried out by Japan Marine United Corporation and Hitachi in southern Japan.

The floating platform was constructed in shipping yards owned by Hitachi Zosen — not part of Hitachi — in Sakai, but keeled in waters off Sumoto port, before being righted on 14 May.

The 5MW Hitachi-made turbine is the last of three to be installed at the Fukushima Forward test site, off north-east mainland Japan.

Both Japan Marine United Corporation and Hitachi are members of the 11-company Fukushima Forward consortium.

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