July 12 (Renewables Now) - The government of Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture has selected a consortium formed by Hitachi Wind Power Co Ltd and Windpower Energy Group Co Ltd for the development of the 93.6-MW Kashima Port South wind farm in Japanese waters.
The wind project off the eastern Japanese coast is estimated to require an investment of JPY 49 billion (USD 430m/EUR 375m), according to a government statement.
The consortium was selected after the reopening of the bidding process for the project as the previously picked developer, Marubeni Corp (TYO:8002), withdrew in January. The trading firm said at the time that the scheme was no longer considered to be profitable.
The proposed offshore wind park will consist of 18 Hitachi turbines of 5.2 MW each, which will be installed near the Kashima Port. The machines will use 66.5-metre (218.2-ft) blades made by Danish firm LM Wind Power.
(JPY 100 = USD 0.878/EUR 0.766)