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Japan has chosen the winners of a tender for 1.7 GW of offshore wind energy

Last Updated on 08th January 2024

A number of development consortiums, led by Mitsubishi Corp, have been awarded the rights to operate around 1,689 MW of offshore wind farms in Japanese waters.


The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) said that three partnership groups had been chosen for three projects in Japan's first auction for bottom-fixed offshore wind power.


The largest project is an 819-MW wind farm off the coast of Yurihonjo City, Akita Prefecture, that will be operational in December 2030. A joint venture involving Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Corp, Venty Japan, and C-Tech Corp, all of which are members of the Chubu Electric Power Group, proposed the 65-turbine concept.


A 478.8-MW complex will be built off the coast of Noshiro City, Akita Prefecture, by a partnership formed by Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Corp, and C-Tech Corp. The 38 turbines are expected to start up in December 2028.


The third winning project calls for a 390.6-MW wind farm to be built off the coast of Choshi City, Chiba Prefecture. The plan is supported by Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions, Mitsubishi Corp, and CTech Corp once again. In September 2028, the park's 31 turbines will be turned on.


General Electric hardware will be installed in all wind farms.


The Choshi project received JPY 16.49 kWh (USD 0.144) as the winning price, while Noshiro and Yurihonjo received JPY 13.26 kWh and JPY 11.99 kWh, respectively.


On May 27, 2021, the auction round ended. The Asian nation plans to increase its offshore wind power installed capacity to 10 GW by 2030 and 30 GW-45 GW by 2040.


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