BW Ideol and ENEOS form floating alliance for Japan

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 07/07/2021 BW Ideol
BW Ideol has signed a joint development agreement with ENEOS Corporation, Japan’s largest oil refiner and distributor, to develop a site-specific commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm off Japan based on BW Ideol’s patented Damping Pool technology.

BW Ideol is actively involved with the development of floating offshore wind, both pre-commercial and commercial-scale projects. It has designed and deployed its damping pool floating foundation technology at the
Floatgen and Hibiki offshore wind projects, off the coasts of France and Japan respectively.

The company developed a floating barge foundation design, featuring a 5,000 tonne ring-shaped hollow concrete float. The shape is designed so that water movement within the central opening will counteract the motion of the floater caused by wave swell and stabilises the structure.

Paul De La Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol, commented: “We are very honoured to team up with a leading player such as ENEOS. This collaboration confirms once again that our two-leg strategy of providing a proven technology and investing in the co-development of a project is extremely relevant in the context of a fast-accelerating new industry. We are pleased to keep on building a multi-GW project portfolio in Japan and add this project to our existing agreements for commercial-scale projects with other leading Japanese developers and utilities, confirming our unique position in this strategic market.”

In the offshore wind power business, ENEOS participated in a project off the coast of Taiwan in April 2019, and in September 2020, ENEOS participated in the development of projects off the coast of Happo Town and Noshiro City in Akita Prefecture. In addition, ENEOS was selected as the operator of a floating offshore wind power generation project off the coast of Goto City in Nagasaki Prefecture last month.

Japan plans to become the third-largest producer of offshore wind power, after Europe and China, by 2040. The country's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has been working on its Green Growth Strategy for 2050 Carbon Neutrality. The aim is to strengthen international cooperation with Western suppliers, accelerating offshore wind development.

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