Kyuden Mirai Energy and Germany’s E.ON said yesterday (23 April), that they will team up to jointly develop bottom-mounted offshore wind power projects in Japan.
The German-based company seeks to join hands with the Japanese company with an intention to enter the local market and transfer its experience and know-how gathered from 11 projects in Europe, with a combined capacity of 1.8GW.
“Our strategy to enter the Japanese market is based on trustful and long-term cooperation with local players,” said Sven Utermohlen, chief operating officer at E.ON Climate & Renewables in a statement. E.ON and Kyuden Mirai’s capabilities “complement each other while we share the same values and the ambition to drive offshore wind growth in Japan,” he said.
The tie-up will begin with a review to jointly seek offshore wind projects in Kyushu area of western Japan, where Kyuden Mirai is based. The two companies are eying to expand the partnership to other regions in the country, as Kyuden Mirai looks at opportunities for new offshore wind projects across Japan.
A 220MW nearshore wind project in Fukuoka prefecture, Kyushu island, however, lies outside the latest tie-up, it noted.
Kyuden Mirai, a unit of Kyushu Electric Power, is one among the five companies, including J-Power, proceeding with the Hibikinada nearshore wind project. The project is now in the process of environmental impact assessment and construction is expected to start from the business year 2022-2023.
This marks the latest move among the increasing number of companies aggressively pushing offshore wind power projects across Japan, as new legislative change kicks in.
In January, Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) signed a memorandum of understanding with Orsted to work together on offshore wind projects, including a feasibility study off the coast of Choshi city near Tokyo.
Japan is lagging behind Europe in launching offshore wind power projects. However, expectations are high that the category has huge growth potential, given the new legislature enabling long-term use of open sea zone, effective 1 April, to help promote offshore wind projects.