Developer Renova has confirmed that Akita Yurihonjo Offshore Wind (AYOW) GK, jointly owned by RENOVA, Cosmo Eco Power, JR-EAST Energy Development and Tohoku Electric Power has selected MHI Vestas Offshore Wind to supply the turbines for the project.
The 700-MW offshore windfarm will be built offshore Yurihonjo city in Akita prefecture and is one of the largest offshore windfarms planned in the country.
AYOW is currently engaged in dialogue with local people, fishermen and other local stakeholders and consulting on how the windfarm can contribute to the local community. It is also conducting environmental impact assessments and other surveys and examining technical specifications.
Renova chief executive Yosuke Kiminami said, “The Yurihonjo offshore windfarm will be a pioneering project in the Japanese offshore wind market, and the reliability of the wind turbines used will be crucial.
“I am sure that the wind turbines developed by MHI Vestas will be perfectly suited to our project. We look forward to working with MHI Vestas to ensure that the project is deeply rooted in the local community and contributes to regional development.”
The project has been under development since 2015. A project plan was drawn up based on the Second Phase of Akita Prefectural Strategy for New Energy Industries formulated by Akita Prefecture in 2016.
AYOW began wind resource measurements at the site in 2016 and commenced seabed surveys the following year. In 2017, AYOW also began carrying out the procedures for environmental impact assessments and holding briefings to explain the project to local stakeholders.