Business Expanding Dutch offshore wind turbine foundation installation specialist IHC IQIP to supply equipment for Akita-Noshiro offshore wind farm

Feb 10, 2021

IHC IQIPExternal site: a new window will open. delivers equipment and offers advice, knowledge, and services for foundation construction. The most important market for IHC IQIP is the offshore wind market. IHC IQIP’s equipment such as Hydrohammers, noise mitigation systems, and handling & lifting equipment are the contractors’ first choice for installing foundations.

  • Environment & Energy
  • Netherlands

In today’s offshore wind farm field, monopile foundations (large-diameter steel-pipe piles with a maximum diameter of 12m weighing up to 2,000 tons) have become the mainstream for offshore wind turbines due to their cost-efficiency. IHC IQIP’s Hydrohammers, used along with its noise mitigation system, offer advantages in installing these monopiles, which are rapidly increasing in size, precision, and efficiency.

It has successfully installed over 4,000 monopiles for over 80 offshore wind projects in Europe and Asia through equipment leasing. The company commands an 80% share in Europe and 70% share in Asia in this field. Japan lies in the deepest basin in the world’s ocean, necessitating wind farms to stand close to the coast and possibly causing noise problems. The company’s onshore Noise Reduction System (NRS) provides a solution to this challenge.

Offshore Noise Mitigation System (NMS) which is called The Integrated Monopile Installer

With the enforcement of the Act on Promoting the Utilization of Sea Areas for the Development of Marine Renewable Energy Power Generation Facilities (Offshore Renewable Energy Act) in April 2019, Japan placed a set of rules for building wind turbines for offshore wind power generation in Japanese waters. Since then, the company has provided consultation for local governments and businesses in Japan attempting to enter the offshore wind power industry.

IHC IQIP Japan was established in January 2020 in Tokyo to focus on the offshore wind construction market in Japan. It cooperates with local governments, port and power companies, and local companies that make up offshore wind industry value chains, contributing to the development of an offshore wind ecosystem. To accommodate its rapidly growing team and business, IHC IQIP Japan relocated to a new office in January 2021. In 2021, IHC IQIP Japan will deliver equipment for installing wind turbine foundations for the Akita-Noshiro offshore wind project, the first-ever large-scale offshore wind farm in Japan.

NMS with a Hydrohammer and Combi Lifting Spread in action installing a monopile

Flanged Pile Upending Tool (FPUT) on board upending a monopole

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