RWE and Kansai EPCO team up for floating wind in Japan

Wind farm in Japan. Author: Seiichi Ariga. License: Creative Commons, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic

August 23 (Renewables Now) - RWE AG (ETR:RWE) and Kansai Electric Power Co Inc (TYO:9503) will study together the feasibility of a large-scale floating offshore wind project in Japan, the German energy major and Japanese electric utility announced today.

The companies are already shareholders in the 857-MW Triton Knoll offshore wind project in UK waters. They did not reveal specific details on their joint offshore wind plan for Japan, but said floating wind could help to raise untapped potential off the country’s coast.

“We believe that our existing relationship can be extended for safe and stable offshore wind operation in Japan, by combining Kansai EPCO’s experience and expertise in domestic electricity business and RWE’s global equivalent in offshore wind,” commented Nozomu Mori, Representative Executive Officer, Executive Vice President of Kansai EPCO.

RWE is also studying the feasibility of bottom-fixed offshore wind in Japan, including in Akita and Niigata prefectures, while Kansai EPCO is involved in projects off the coast of Akita, Yamagata and Nagasaki prefectures.

Japan aims to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and Kansai EPCO has set a similar target for its own business activities.

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