TEPCO, the largest power company in Japan, and Ørsted, the leading offshore wind developer, announced on 18 March that they have agreed to establish a joint venture company, Choshi Offshore Wind Farm K.K., with the intention of working towards a joint bid in the Choshi-city offshore wind promotion area.
In January 2019, TEPCO and Ørsted signed a memorandum of understanding to work jointly on offshore wind projects and have since then been working together to establish a framework and organisational structure for joint development of the Choshi Project.
TEPCO and Ørsted, having formalised their collaboration to develop the Choshi Offshore Wind Project, will submit a joint bid in the Round 1 auction once the Japanese government officially designates the Choshi-city offshore wind promotion area. The JV intends to do further work on future offshore wind opportunities in the area.
TEPCO president Tomoaki Kobayakawa, said: "TEPCO and Ørsted have been making excellent progress in developing our partnership and we are ready to see successful development of the Choshi Offshore Wind Project. Our two companies have agreed to establish a unique framework that enables us to effectively integrate and leverage strengths and expertise from both sides. We are confident this is key to succeed in the Choshi Offshore Wind Project."
"In April this year, TEPCO will launch its renewable energy business arm, TEPCO Renewable Power, to make renewable energy a core generating source. The partnership with Ørsted and the establishment of Choshi Offshore Wind Farm K.K. will help drive business growth for the TEPCO group and TEPCO Renewable Power."
Ørsted CEO Henrik Poulsen, said " With Ørsted's strong global capabilities and TEPCO's local expertise, we are well prepared and dedicated to participating in the upcoming auction."
"This joint venture is not only a significant step in Ørsted and TEPCO's efforts to deliver on Japan's ambitions for domestic renewable power generation, but also a landmark moment for Ørsted's market entry in Japan and for our aspirations to help Japan become a leading offshore wind market in Asia Pacific."