Japan's first floating wind winner announced

4C Offshore | James Bernthal-Hooker
By: 14/06/2021 METI
Japan's Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MOLIT) have selected a Toda Corporation-led consortium of six companies to build a 16.8 MW floating wind complex in the Goto area.

The consortium, consisting of
Toda Corporation, ENEOS Corporation, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., INPEX Co., Ltd., and Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., is to develop the project as "Goto City Offshore Wind Power Generation LLC". It will also operate the wind farm after commissioning.

The companies' proposal was a joint bid, which passed the selection process, although there were no other bidders in the auction, which ran from June to December 2020. Developers are generally more interested in the larger floating wind opportunities offshore Japan, which is targeting 10 GW by 2030. The Goto project will be the first commercial floating wind farm in Japan.

While floating wind suits Japan's deep waters admirably, the country conducted its first fixed-bottom offshore wind auction earlier this year. Bidding for that closed on 27th May 2021, with Danish developer
Ørsted  confirming that it had placed bids with local partners.

Japan plans to become the third-largest producer of offshore wind power, after Europe and China, by 2040. Recently, 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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