First Japanese projects scheduled for construction

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 01/11/2019 4C Offshore
Construction of two offshore wind farms in Japan is expected to start next year. Marubeni, as lead developer, expects to make Financial Close on the ~143 MW Akita Port and Noshiro Port projects before the end of the year.

According sources at the Japan offshore wind energy conference in Osaka, offshore construction is scheduled to begin in 2020. The projects are due to be commissioned in 2022 and will be Japan’s first commercial scale fixed offshore wind farm.

New offshore wind legislation came into force in Japan in 2018. With this legislation in place, the Japanese government is currently in the process of drafting a framework for the evaluation, selection, and allocation of offshore wind areas in the territorial seas to developers. These sites will be auctioned off under a similar process to that of wind farm zones in Europe, with the first tender expected to be launched in H1 2020.


4C Offshore estimates that ~2.3 GW offshore wind could be underway in Japan by 2030, based on the current project pipeline. Given the characteristics of the Japanese coast, floating offshore wind is expected to make a significant contribution.


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