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Tohoku Electric Power and BW Ideol to develop floating offshore wind farm in Japan

Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power and BW Ideol have agreed to jointly develop a commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm in Japan.

The duo has signed a formal agreement for the same, and has initiated the necessary feasibility studies.

According to Tohoku Electric Power, it has set a target of developing 2 GW of renewable energy capacity focused on wind power. The utility has considered the six major Tohoku prefectures and Niigata Prefecture for the same.

The company currently participates in numerous projects, including onshore and offshore wind power, as well as solar power.

A local report mentioned that the new project would be based on BW Ideol’s “Damping Pool” technology. This particular project is located off the coast of Kuji city in Iwate Prefecture.

Paul de la Guérivière, CEO of BW Ideol, said that Japan is a very promising market where the company has a strong local presence and recognition, It has been co-developing many projects since years.

Paul de la Guérivière was quoted in a report, "This agreement comes just a few months after our ScotWind tender success and confirms the merits of our dual-leg growth strategy as asset co-developer and as floater technology provider."

He stated that his team is determined to successfully develop this project.

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