Japan’s industry ministry has confirmed that a consortium of six companies led by Toda Corporation has been selected to build the 16.8-MW Goto floating offshore windfarm in southern Japan
As Reuters reported, the consortium is the first winner of government auctions for new offshore wind projects under a new law to promote the sector.
Other members of the consortium are Eneos Corp, Osaka Gas Co Ltd, Inpex Corp, Kansai Electric Power and Chubu Electric Power. As expected, there were no other bidders.
As highlighted by OWJ, the small-scale floating wind project is not representative of the type of project that will form the bulk of the first round of offshore wind projects in Japan – which will be bottom-fixed.
The Goto Island project in the far south of the country was the subject of Japan’s first auction because it is in Japan’s first designated promotion zone in ‘general waters.’
The auction for the project was launched in June 2020. The Japanese Government initiated an auction process for the first round of bottom-fixed offshore windfarms in the country in November 2021.
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