Trading company Marubeni Corp is planning two wind farms with a total capacity of nearly 41 MW to be operational in 2002. The first project, a 14.85 MW wind farm near Wakkanai City in Hokkaido, is to consist of nine 1.65 MW turbines from Vestas. It will be run by Saraki Tomanai Wind Co, in which Marubenihas a 49% share. Marubeni is still waiting to hear if its subsidy application has been successful. The second project, 26 MW, is planned for the southern Kagoshima prefecture between the towns of Nejime and Sato. It will be managed and run by Minami Kyushu Wind Power Co, in which Marubeni holds an 80% share, with the remainder owned by local companies. Subsidies have been granted from Japan's wind program and construction will start next year. Marubeni says it is considering using 20, 1.3 MW units. Both Nordex and Bonus offer turbines of this size. Electricity from the plant will be sold to Kyushi Electric Power Co under a 15 year contract. In April Marubeni completed a wind farm of six NEG Micon 750 kW wind turbines at Shimamakimura in Hokkaido.
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Senior Renewable Energy Analyst (WindGEMINI Product Lead) DNV GL Bristol (City Centre), City of Bristol