Trio form Atika offshore wind partnership

May 19, 2021
Ørsted, JWD, and Eurus Energy will bid in two areas in Japan’s first offshore wind auction.

Offshore staff

FREDERICIA, Denmark – Ørsted, Japan Wind Development Co. (JWD), and Eurus Energy have partnered to jointly develop offshore wind projects in the Akita Prefecture.

The three companies have been developing two designated offshore wind sites under Japan’s Offshore Renewable Energy Act of 2018, both of which are located off the coast of Akita: Noshiro/Mitane/Oga and Yurihonjo. Both projects are currently progressing with the necessary permitting, Ørsted said.

The consortium is prepared to participate in Japan’s upcoming offshore wind auction round which closes on May 27, 2021.

Since 2017, JWD has conducted site investigations including wind measurements, seabed surveys, and environmental impact assessments at Noshiro and Yurihonjo. The turbines for both wind farms will be installed on bottom-fixed foundations.

Japan has outlined a 30-45 GW offshore wind ambition by 2040 and plans to execute offshore wind auctions every year. According to Ørsted, Japan’s west coast is expected to host up to 5 GW offshore wind by 2030, and 9 GW by 2040. The grid capacity is 415 MW for Noshiro City, Mitane Town, and Oga City, and 730 MW for Yurihonjo City, as stated in the auction guidelines.