Offshore Construction Starts on Japan’s First Floating Wind Farm

Offshore construction has started on the 16.8 MW Goto floating wind farm offshore Goto City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan, the Goto Floating Wind Farm LLC consortium said.

The first of the eight SPAR-type floating foundations has been loaded onto the semi-submersible spud barge, Float Raiser, at Fukue Port and transported to the wind farm site offshore Kabashima where the unit is undergoing installation.

Source: Goto Floating Wind Farm LLC

The Goto wind farm will feature eight Hitachi 2.1 MW wind turbines installed on hybrid SPAR-type, three-point mooring floating foundations.

The Goto Floating Wind Farm LLC expects to fully commission the wind farm in January 2024.

Once commissioned, the Goto floating wind farm will deliver electricity to the grid at a price of JPY 36 per kWh (EUR 0.26/kWh) until its scheduled end-of-life date of December 2043.

The Goto Floating Wind Farm LLC Consortium was selected as the winner of Japan’s first offshore wind auction since the Renewable Sea Area Utilization Law came into power in April 2019.

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The consortium is led by Toda Corporation and also includes Eneos Corporation, Osaka Gas, Inpex Corporation, Kansai Electric Power, and Chubu Electric Power.

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