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Japanese utilities issue tenders for more than 230 MW of wind projects

Japanese utilities have issued tenders for more than 230 MW of wind projects this year. A variety of turbine suppliers have been put forward for the proposed plant (table): Vestas, Bonus, DeWind, REpower, GE Wind Energy and NEG Micon. Vestas is set to supply 2 MW machines to Japan for the first time. The projects are currently awaiting approval for public subsidies from the Japanese New Energy Development Organisation (NEDO). Tohoku Electric Power has approved four projects totalling around 100 MW. Tokyo Electric Power issued tenders for projects totalling around 30 MW and Chugoku Electric Power is looking for 10 MW in the utility's first wind power tender. Kyushu Electric Power has invited bids for 50 MW, but the winners have yet to be disclosed. The utility is also considering inviting tenders for 4.5 MW of wind projects on smaller islands. Hokuriku Electric Power has issued a tender for 10 MW -- its first for wind power -- but is still mulling over its selection. Wind tenders put out by two utilities failed to attract any bids: Shikoku Electric Power Co was looking for 30 MW, while Chubu Electric Power has postponed its tender. Kansai Power Electric and Okinawa Electric Power chose not to issue wind tenders this year.

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