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Consortium postpones Goto City offshore wind project

4C Offshore | Chloe Emanuel
By: Chloe Emanuel 22/09/2023 Chuden

Goto Floating Wind Farm LLC (hereinafter “Consortium”) announced today it has decided to revise the initial project schedule of the Goto City Offshore Wind Power Generation Project (hereinafter “Project”) as previously reported due to the discovery of defects in a floating structure. The Consortium is constructing an offshore wind farm based on the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources.
1. Revision of operational startup schedule
The Project’s commercial operation date was initially scheduled for January 2024. However, the construction process was delayed due to defects discovered in a floating structure during construction. Accordingly, the Consortium filed an application to revise the Project’s public occupancy plan rescheduling the Project’s operational startup for January 2026. The application was approved by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) on September 22, 2023.
2. Landing and inspection of a floating structure installed off the coast of Sakiyama
TODA CORPORATION (TODA), which oversees the Project’s construction operations, announced on May 9, 2023 that defects were discovered in two floating structures under construction at an onshore yard. TODA subsequently confirmed the facts, investigated the causes and considered countermeasures. The company has also taken corrective measures for the defects in the two floating structures and restarted construction work at the onshore yard.
Additionally, TODA will conduct inspections of a floating structure already installed off the coast Sakiyama to verify the existence of defects. One of the three floating structures installed off the coast of Sakiyama will be landed on the yard in Fukue Port where the integrity of the floating structure will be verified. Based on the results, TODA plans to decide whether to inspect the remaining two floating structures.

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