Kansai EPCO and RWE forge floating alliance

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 24/08/2021 RWE

Kansai Electric Power (Kansai EPCO) and RWE Renewables (RWE) have signed an agreement to jointly study the feasibility of a large-scale floating offshore wind project off the Japanese coast.

RWE is currently working on three floating demonstration projects in Norway, Spain and the US to test different concepts for floating foundations. In Japan, RWE is also studying the feasibility of bottom-fixed offshore wind projects in various regions, including Akita and Niigata prefectures.

Kansai EPCO is working to develop more than 2 GW of new renewable energy sources, with the goal of increasing its installed capacity of 6 GW in Japan and overseas by the 2030s. In Japan, Kansai EPCO is promoting the development of offshore wind projects in various regions, including Akita, Yamagata and Nagasaki Prefectures. In Europe, the company has been involved in two offshore wind projects, including one in collaboration with RWE.

Sven Utermöhlen, COO Wind Offshore Global of RWE Renewables: “We see great potential for floating wind farms worldwide - but especially in countries with deeper coastal waters, like Japan. Floating wind could help to raise untapped potential off the Japanese coast. As one of the world’s leading offshore companies, RWE is already progressing innovation in the growing floating wind sector. With Kansai EPCO we have a partner by our side whose local expertise complements our global experience and technical know-how, and who shares our values and ambition to drive the growth of offshore wind in Japan.”

Nozomu Mori, Director, Representative Executive Officer, Executive Vice President of Kansai EPCO: “As a leading company of zero-carbon energy, we have declared that Kansai Electric Power Group is aiming for carbon neutrality throughout the entirety of its business activities including power generation by 2050. We believe that development of floating offshore wind farms will be the key to achieve this. RWE is our important partner in the UK offshore wind business. We believe that our existing relationship can be extended for safe and stable offshore wind operation in Japan, by combining Kansai EPCO’s experience and expertise in domestic electricity business and RWE’s global equivalent in offshore wind.”

Image: Shinichi Kato, Country Chair Japan of RWE Renewables, und Nozomu Mori, Representative Executive Officer and Executive VP – The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (from left to right)