Mott MacDonald has been selected as owner’s engineer by Pacifico Energy K.K. for the 257.7MW Sakuto solar photovoltaic (PV) project in Mimasaka-shi, Japan.
The consultancy already served as owner’s engineer during the development phase of the project. Scope of work included making solar resource and plant performance assessments, drafting plant test procedures, supporting engineering, procurement and construction contract negotiations, as well as reviewing designs.
During construction, the firm will be responsible for supervising the civil, electrical, structural and system implementation, and reviewing document submissions and detailed plant designs.
Sakuto is deemed to be the country’s largest solar PV project under construction and is anticipated to lower carbon footprint by around four million tonnes.
The project, expected to be operational in the end of 2019, will supply electricity to the Chugoku Electric Power Company for 20 years. A new 77kV, 17km underground transmission line will be built as part of the project.
Mott MacDonald’s project director Philip Napier-Moore said: “Sakuto fits in with Japan’s broader strategy to reduce dependency on nuclear power. It also will help the government meet its ambitious capacity targets to provide 64GW of solar PV electricity, both rooftop and ground-mounted, by 2030.”