Japan is all set to develop three projects with a combined capacity of over 1.4GW renewable energy.
The government has already awarded rights to develop three projects in the second offshore wind auction.
As per the authorities, “RWE Offshore Wind Japan Murakami-Tainai K K has been selected in a consortium together with Mitsui & Co and Osaka Gas Co to deliver a 684MW offshore wind project in Japan.” The consortium will develop, construct and operate the fixed-bottom offshore wind farm.
This project will be located off the coast of the cities of Murakami and Tainai, Niigata Prefecture. The wind farm will incorporate 38 wind turbines.
Similarly, Sumitomo and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) have been selected for the 420MW Nagasaki project. This project will have 28 turbines and will be located in Saikai City in Nagasaki Prefecture. The project is likely to start operations in August 2029.
Likewise, JERA, Itochu, Electric Power Development Co (J-Power) and Tohoku Electric Power have been awarded to develop the 315MW Akita project. The project will have 21 turbines, and likely to start operation in 2028. This project is located off the coast of Akita City.
Markus Krebber chief executive of RWE was quoted in a statement, "This marks RWE’s first success in an offshore wind tender in Japan and the wider APAC region. This success reflects the collective strength, expertise and commitment of RWE and our consortium partners.”
He further stated, "With Mitsui and Osaka Gas, we have partners by our side whose local expertise perfectly complements our global experience and technical know-how as one of the world’s leading offshore wind companies. Together we are very well placed to supply green electricity from offshore wind to the greater benefit of the Japanese society. "
RWE plans to promote the development of offshore wind as a major renewables energy source in Japan.