BW Ideol, Tohoku Electric join forces in Japanese floating offshore wind project

BW Ideol’s Damping Pool foundation at the Floatgen project west of Saint Nazaire in northwest France.

May 12 (Renewables Now) - Floating wind technology developer BW Ideol (OSE:BWIDL) and Japanese utility Tohoku Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9506) have joined hands to develop a commercial-scale floating offshore wind project off Japan’s Iwate prefecture.

The companies have sealed an agreement for the first stage of the project and the needed feasibility studies, they said on Thursday.

The proposed wind farm is planned to be built off the coast of Kuji city, utilising BW Ideol’s damping pool technology. The project will serve as a stepping stone for the two partners in their efforts to contribute to the early commercialisation of cost-competitive floating offshore wind power in Japan.

“Japan is a very promising market where we have a strong local presence and recognition and where we have been co-developing numerous projects for several years now,” said Paul De La Gueriviere, CEO of BW Ideol.

The technology of France-based BW Ideol is part of a consortium that is developing a roughly 1-GW floating wind project off the northeast coast of Scotland following successful bidding in the ScotWind leasing round. In Japan, the company’s technology is deployed at the single-turbine Hibiki site that was commissioned in 2018.

Tohoku Electric aims to add 2 GW of renewable power capacity, mostly coming from wind turbines.

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