German E.ON and Kyuden Mirai Energy signed a cooperation agreement to jointly develop offshore wind projects in Japan, the companies announced in a joint statement on Tuesday.
According to the press release, the cooperation is focused on fixed bottom projects and starts 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, it added.
According to the statement, the cooperation follows E.ON's decision to enter the Japanese wind market. The company, which has a 1.8 gigawatt installed offshore wind capacity in Europe, has recently opened an office in Tokyo.
The press release added that Kyuden Mirai Energy is a leading developer of the Hibiki-nada Offshore Wind Farm Project in Kyushu, the first tendered project under the revised laws of port management in Japan. The company is also studying opportunities for new offshore wind projects throughout the country.
By Hale Turkes