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Discussions to Begin on Development of Standards for Maintenance and Management of Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities

METI launches a Working Group for Facility Maintenance and Management Technologies

December 10, 2018

Aiming to streamline examination procedures under the Electricity Business Act and the Port and Harbor Act and to reduce burdens from related businesses so as to further facilitate introduction of wind power generation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) have been advancing discussions on standards and other criteria for such facilities under the jointly held Committee on Study of Developing Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities in Ports and Harbors.

METI hereby announces that the ministries will launch a new working group - the Working Group on Facility Maintenance and Management Technologies – under the committee to begin discussions on standards for maintenance and management of offshore wind power generation facilities.

As ports and harbors are considered promising sites into which offshore wind power generation facilities are appropriately introduced, Japan enforced the revised Port and Harbor Act in FY2016 and developed rules for occupation of water areas and other measures in port and harbor areas. In response, as seen in the selection of operators of offshore wind power generation facilities in Kitakyushu Port and Kashima Port taking advantage of the revised Act, projects for offshore wind power generation facilities in multiple ports and harbors are expected to be developed in Japan.

Aiming to streamline examination procedures under the Electricity Business Act and the Port and Harbor Act and to reduce burdens from related businesses so as to further facilitate introduction of wind power generation, METI and MLIT have been advancing discussions on standards and other criteria for such facilities under the jointly held Committee on Study of Developing Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities in Ports and Harbors.

Moreover, the relevant acts require applicants to submit documents which describe the method of maintaining and managing the offshore wind power generation facilities when they make applications to introduce such facilities in ports and harbors. Accordingly, as part of the abovementioned effort for discussions, METI and MILT decided to launch the Working Group on Facility Maintenance and Management Technologies under the committee, which consists of experts in the field of facility maintenance and management technologies, aiming to realize accurate examination by administrators of target ports and harbors. Moreover, based on the discussion results of the working group, the committee will stipulate standards for offshore wind power generation facilities by the end of FY2018.

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Electric Power Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group, METI