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Japan selects locations for 1.45GW wind projects

CTBR Staff Writer Published 19 March 2015

The Government of Japan has identified four more locations in the country for the construction of wind energy projects, in a move to increase its wind energy capacity by 1.45GW.

Japan's Environment Ministry, in partnership with local governments, will study the areas selected for the development of wind projects.

The area off the Iwate prefecture in northeast Japan will be studied for a 200MW wind project and locations off the coast of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka prefecture, southwest Japan will be studied for projects with a total installed capacity of around 700MW.

Tokyo-based construction company Toda Corporation will assist the ministry to study two floating projects off the coast of Nagasaki.

SB Energy Corporation will also help the ministry for the study of feasibility of a 30MW onshore project in Tottori prefecture.

The studies to determine the environmental impact of the projects at the sites will begin after the releases of its budget for fiscal 2015/16 starting 1 April.

Hitachi Zosen Corporation-led consortium comprising ten companies has secured approval for a wind farm off the coast of Niigata prefecture in Japan in February, Greentech Lead reported.

Japanese conglomerate Marubeni has also secured licenses to develop two offshore projects with a total installed capacity of 145MW off the northwest coast of Japan in the Akita prefecture.