German utility Eon has signed a co-operation agreement with a Japanese developer to work together on bottom-fixed offshore windfarms in the country.
Eon’s co-operation with Kyuden Mirai Energy is kicking-off with a study to jointly select a project for development, construction and operation in the Kyushu area, the southernmost island of Japan. The companies may consider expanding the partnership to other regions in Japan.
This follows Eon’s decision to enter the Japanese wind market. The company intends to use its experience and technical know-how from its 1.8 GW of installed offshore wind capacity from Europe in Japan and recently established a local presence in the country with an office in Tokyo.
Kyuden Mirai Energy is the developer of the Hibiki-nada offshore wind project in Kyushu and is also studying opportunities for new offshore wind projects throughout Japan. The Hibiki-nada project is the first tendered under the revised laws on port management in Japan.
Eon Climate & Renewables chief operating officer Sven Utermöhlen said, “Our strategy to enter the Japanese market is based on long-term co-operation with local players. We feel that Kyuden Mirai Energy is an excellent partner for us. Our capabilities complement each other while we share the same values and the ambition to drive offshore wind growth in Japan.”
Kyuden Mirai Energy president Yasuji Akiyama said, “This year could be a key year for offshore wind in Japan with the new general sea law promoting it. Eon has experience in fixed-bottom offshore wind and shares the same view as us on local stakeholder engagement.”
Kyuden Mirai Energy was spun off from Kyushu Electric Power Company Co in 2014. It currently operates 189 MW of renewable capacity including onshore wind, solar and biomass and has a further 511 MW under development.