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Official Explanation of Technological Standards for Offshore Wind Power Facilities (Revised) Released

- Meeting results of the Committee on Study of Developing Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities -

March 27, 2020

Aiming to streamline the current procedures for examination of projects for offshore wind power generation under the Act of Promoting Utilization of Sea Areas in Development of Power Generation Facilities Using Maritime Renewable Energy Resources (hereinafter referred to as the “Act on Sea Areas Utilization for Renewable Energy”), which came into effect last year, the Electricity Business Act, and the Port and Harbor Act, and to reduce the burden on related businesses so as to further facilitate introduction of offshore wind power generation, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) established a Committee on Study of Developing Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities in June 2019. Since then, the committee has been advancing discussions on standards and other criteria for offshore wind power generation facilities.

The committee held discussions for the revision of the official explanation of technological standards for offshore wind power facilities that can also be applied to offshore wind power generation projects in general marine areas.

METI hereby announces that the committee compiled its discussion results into a report titled “Official Explanation of Technological Standards for Offshore Wind Power Facilities (Revised)” and, on March 27, 2020, released it.

Aiming to streamline the current procedures for examination of offshore wind power generation facilities under the Electricity Business Act and the Port and Harbor Act and to reduce the burden on related businesses so as to further facilitate projects for offshore wind power generation, METI and MLIT formulated and released “Official Explanations on Technological Standards for Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities” (March 2018), “Guidelines for Examination of Installation of Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities in Ports and Harbors” (March 2018), and “Official Explanations on Standards for Maintenance and Management of Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities” (March 2019).

The Act on Sea Areas Utilization for Renewable Energy came into effect last year, and a system to allow long-term occupancy of general marine areas, taking up the greater part of marine areas, is consolidated, also establishing the framework to make adjustments among parties concerned. Following this, a Committee on Study of Developing Offshore Wind Power Generation Facilities was established in June 2019, and has been advancing discussions on standards and other criteria for offshore wind power generation facilities in general marine areas.

Based on discussions on the Committee, the Official Explanation of Technological Standards for Offshore Wind Power Facilities (Revised) was formulated. METI hereby announces it.

The outline of items decided are as follows:

Ports and harbors as well as general marine areas are both included as locations of installation, etc.

Division in Charge

Electric Power Safety Division, Industrial and Product Safety Policy Group

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