North East firm joins Japanese wind farm project

North East engineers are involved in Japan's very first wind farm project

The MaXcess Crew-T18 crew transfer system
The MaXcess Crew-T18 crew transfer system

Engineering firm Osbit Power is helping Japan to reinvigorate one of its regions after signing a contract to supply a key piece of safety equipment to a project to build the country’s first offshore wind farm.

Northumberland-based Osbit Power’s innovative MaXccess-T18 crew transfer system help engineers work on the Fukushima Forward project, which will see wind turbines installed 20km off the coast of Japan.

It is hoped the project will help Fukushima become the centre of Japan’s emerging alternative power industry to help the region recover from the economic damage in the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

The system will allow engineers to access the floating turbine supplied by Hitachi and the floating sub-station, which are situated in deep and rough waters, 20km off the coast of Japan.

Tony Trapp, managing director at Osbit Power, said: “We are very proud to be supplying this class-leading system to this pioneering project. We are looking forward to helping ensure engineers can access and construct these new wind farms at the same levels of safety and regularity as engineers working on UK wind farms have been experiencing since we began supplying the system in 2012.”

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