Japan selects new offshore wind areas

In: Windfarms
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) as designated 10 areas for future offshore wind development under general sea law.

- Off Hokkaido Iwa and Minamishiribeshi area
- Off the coast of Hiyama, Hokkaido
- Aomori Prefecture off the Sea of ​​Japan (north side)
- Aomori Prefecture off the Sea of ​​Japan (south side)
- Mutsu Bay, Aomori Prefecture
- Off the coast of Happo Town and Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture
- Akita Prefecture Katagami City and Akita City Offshore
- Off the coast of Yusa Town, Yamagata Prefecture
- Off the coast of Murakami City and Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture
- Off Eshima, Saikai City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Of these areas four are considered to be 'promising areas' and wind and geological surveys are expected to start immediately as well as the formation of councils to conduct public consultations.

The new promising areas include two off the coast of Aomori and one off Happo Town and Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture, in northern Japan, and one off the coast of Nagasaki in the south.

Last year the government designated 11 areas as potentially suitable for the development of offshore wind farms. A tender was recently launched for the first 21 MW site at Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture. The site is expected to be awarded in June 2021. It is the first development to take place under Japan’s offshore wind promotion law, which came into force April last year.

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