E.ON has signed a co-operation agreement with Kyuden Mirai Energy to jointly develop offshore wind projects in Japan.
The new partnership will focus on fixed-bottom foundation wind projects and will start with a study to jointly select a project for development, construction and operations in the Kyushu area, the southernmost island of Japan.
The companies may consider expanding the partnership to other regions in Japan, E.ON said in a company statement.
E.ON wants to transfer its experience and technical know-how from its 1.8 GW of installed offshore wind capacity from Europe to Japan. Kyuden Mirai Energy is a leading developer of the Hibiki-nada offshore wind farm project in Kyushu and in parallel is studying opportunities for new offshore wind projects throughout Japan.
The Hibiki-nada offshore wind farm project is the first tendered project under the revised laws of port management in Japan.
Sven Utermöhlen, Chief Operating Officer at E.ON Climate & Renewables: “Our strategy to enter the Japanese market is based on trustful and long-term cooperation with local players. We feel that Kyuden Mirai Energy is an excellent partner for us. Our capabilities complement each other while we share the same values and the ambition to drive offshore wind growth in Japan.”