Tomen aims high again

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Japanese trading company and wind developer, Tomen Corp, is planning to build a large wind farm on the Shimokita peninsula in Aomori Prefecture in Japan by year 2000. If the project goes ahead, it will be the largest wind plant so far to be built in the country. Tomen is aiming for the plant to have a capacity of 60 MW, made up of 50-60 wind turbines each with a capacity of 1-2 MW. The investment will be around ¥10 billion (EUR 79 million). Tomen is negotiating with local utility company Tohoku Electric Power Co for a 17 year power purchase contract, which will earn the wind developer around ¥1.5 billion annually. According to general manager Shigehito Nakamura from Tomen's Power and Utility Projects Division, the company reached an agreement for siting the wind plant with a group of land owners early this year. The total size of the site is around 500 hectare. It is Tomen's wish to own the project 100%. The choice of wind turbine supplier has yet to be made. Tomen is already building a 20 MW wind farm at Tamamae on the northern island of Hokkaido, with completion scheduled for October. The turbine supplier is Danish company Bonus. Tomen is also considering another wind project near Wakkanai city on Hokkaido, a site with a potential capacity of 60 MW. Nakamura says Tomen is also looking at other projects in Japan, but he declines to disclose details. According to the public New Energy Development Organisation (NEDO), there will be 110 MW of wind plant operating in Japan by the end of next year, excluding the latest 60 MW project by Tomen.

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