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RWE Renewables and Kansai Electric Power have signed an agreement that will see the two businesses “jointly study the feasibility of a large-scale floating offshore wind project” in waters off Japan’s coast.

In a statement issued Monday, RWE Renewables’ Sven Utermöhlen said his firm saw “great potential for floating wind farms worldwide — but especially in countries with deeper coastal waters, like Japan.”

Indeed, the project announced Monday is not the only one in Japan focused on floating offshore wind. In July, self-described “cleantech company” BW Ideol said it had signed a joint development agreement with energy firm ENEOS Corporation to develop a “commercial-scale floating offshore wind farm” in waters off Japan’s coast.

In June, authorities in Japan said a consortium made up of six companies — Toda Corporation, Osaka Gas, Kansai Electric Power, ENEOS Corporation, INPEX Corporation and Chubu Electric Power — had been selected to develop a 16.8 megawatt floating offshore wind farm in waters off the coast of Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture. There were no other bidders for the project.

[Anmar Frangoul]

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