JERA is planning to construct an offshore wind farm off Ishikari Bay, Hokkaido, Japan and on 24 August submitted its Planning Phase Environmental Impact Statement for the Ishikari Bay Offshore Wind Farm Construction Project to the minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry.
JERA believes Ishikari Bay to be suitable for the development of seabed-fixed offshore wind power generation because of its favourable wind conditions, shallow seabed, and the spare capacity of the nearby power grid.
The project will be located at least 2.5 km offshore from the cities of Ishikari and Otaru and include as many as 65 wind turbines with a maximum generation capacity of 520 MW. To mitigate the impact on the power system of fluctuations in wind power generation output, the project includes the installation of an energy storage system.
The Statement summarises the results of deliberations regarding issues for which environmental conservation should be considered at the project planning stage. On 25 August the Statement will be posted on JERA’s website and made available for public review at the relevant administrative agencies.
The Planning Phase Environmental Impact Statement is the first of four phases stipulated under the country’s Environmental Impact Assessment Law.