Tokyo, Nov. 29 (Jiji Press)–The Diet, Japan’s parliament, Friday passed into law a bill to revise the port and harbor law in order to promote offshore wind power generation.
The bill was adopted by a majority vote in a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber. The measure cleared the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, earlier in November.
Following the revision, the government will build wharfs large and strong enough to keep and assemble huge and heavy parts for offshore wind power generating equipment.
The government will lease the wharfs to wind power companies for up to 30 years. Japan has no such wharfs at present.
A blade used for an 8-megawatt offshore wind turbine is about 80 meters in length and 35 tons in weight, according to the infrastructure ministry.