Siemens Gamesa has won its first preferred supplier status for an offshore wind project in Japan by Obayashi Corp., for the 455MW Northern Akita offshore wind project in the northern region of Tohoku.

It is also the first supplier deal for any large commercial-scale offshore wind project in the Asian country.

The German-Spanish OEM is slated to supply SG 8.0-167 DD turbines for the project that also comes with a long-term service agreement.

The project is planned to enter commercial operation in 2024, but Obayashi still needs to participate ina national tender to secure development rights for the project.