Three energy companies are set to fast-track the development of the Kashima offshore wind project in Japan.
With a maximum capacity of 159.6MW, the project will be developed in Kashima Port in the Ibaraki Prefecture, covering a 680ha area.
Japanese companies Wind Power Group and Tokyo Gas, together with Singapore-based Vena Energy, are set to start work on the project in 2024.
Once completed, the wind farm is expected to deliver enough clean energy to power more than 70,000 Japanese households each year.
It is also expected to support the government’s 2050 Carbon Neutrality strategy.
Wind Power Group CEO Komatsuzaki Mamoru said: “Wind Power Group is a local company that has been developing onshore and offshore wind power generation projects in the Ibaraki Prefecture for 20 years.
“One of our projects, Wind Power Ibaraki, notably withstood the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami in 2011. We will use our experience to contribute to the development of this large-scale offshore wind project together with our partners.
“Once completed, our local communities will witness renewable energy in motion from the 19 offshore wind turbines in front of our head office. Wind power generation in Japan is entering a new era.”
Vena Energy CEO Nitin Apte said: “The Kashima Port offshore wind project is a significant milestone for Vena Energy’s offshore wind strategy, and we are excited to accelerate the development of this project together with our partners.
“Japan is a key market for Vena Energy, representing the majority of our offshore wind pipeline and over a third of our 16GW renewable energy portfolio across the Asia-Pacific region.”
Tokyo Gas president and representative director Uchida Takashi said: “In order to achieve our Net Zero CO₂ objective as set out in our Compass 2030 group management vision, we at Tokyo Gas are expanding our renewable energy business to reach the target transaction volume of 5GW by 2030.
“Among generation technologies, we will particularly engage in offshore wind power while working closely with local communities. Gas-fired generation, as one of our core businesses, has an advantage in balancing output fluctuation in the power generated by renewable energy.
“The combination of gas and renewables allows us to provide a clean and stable energy supply. We aim to lead the growth of renewable energy, which will contribute to realising a sustainable society.”