Japan has awarded its first floating offshore wind tender. The Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry (METI), and Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MOLIT) have awarded a consortium of Japanese companies, led by Toda Corporation, 16.8 MW capacity in the Goto area, in Nagasaki prefecture.
The consortium companies, Toda Corporation, Chubu Electric Power Co., Inc., NPEX Co., Ltd., Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., and Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., will develop the Goto City Offshore Wind Power Generation project and will operate the wind farm after commissioning.
There were no other bidders throughout the tender period from June to December 2020. The consortium, which submitted a joint bid, will build and operate Japan’s first floating offshore wind farm.
Toda Corporation had announced plans in 2016 for a 22 MW Goto City floating offshore wind farm to go online by 2022. It is highly likely that Toda Corporation’s floating hybrid concrete/ steel spar structure, previously demonstrated at Kabashima with a 2MW turbine, will be used. Previous plans revealed by Toda Corporation was for the installation of eight Hitachi HWT2.1-80A wind turbines.