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2017/03/20

Japanese government orders wind turbine owners to perform & report safety inspection every 3 years from next April.

Japanese METI (who is in charge of power plant safety) starts periodic safety inspection report system for all wind turbines over 500kW from 1 April 2017.
The Japan Electric Association (JEA) has shown "Guideline for wind turbine periodic inspection" at the Japan Electrotechnical Standards and Codes Committee (JESC) held on 8 Mar. 2017.
All wind turbine owners have to perform the safety inspections and report their results to the official approvers every 3 years. (The "excellent owner" may enjoy extending report interval to 6 years. Approvers review them and report to METI. METI sends certificates to the wind turbine owners.
We have operated similar report system for large fossil & nuclear power plants. Wind power plants have been involved from 1 April 2017.

経産省、風力発電に定検義務付け 2017/03/20 (in Japanese)
http://www.sanpo-pub.co.jp/kn/2017/0320019891.html
経済産業省は4月1日、風力発電設備の定期安全管理検査制度を施行する。3月8日、日本電気協会の開催した電気技術規格委員会(JESC)では、事業者が行う検査の具体的方法について、「風力発電設備の定期点検指針」としてとりまとめ、審議を実施。単機出力500kW以上の同発電設備各部位に関し、半年から3年ごとの定期事業者検査を義務づけるなどの指針を決定した。
【第1350号】


Regarding past articles;

風力発電設備の定期検査制度について(in japanese) in Aug. 2016 JWPA
http://jwpa.jp/2016_pdf/88-41tokushu.pdf

風力発電設備の定期検査制度について(in Japanese) on 13 July 2016 by METI'S committee
http://www.meti.go.jp/committee/sankoushin/hoan/denryoku_anzen/pdf/013_01_00.pdf

Government lays down safety regime. on 7 Apr.2017 by Windpower Monthly
http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1429957/government-lays-down-safety-regime

WIND POWER SAFETY IN JAPAN, on 27 Mar. 2016 by GWPF
http://www.thegwpf.com/wind-power-safety-in-japan/

Japan to increase wind safety checks, on 24 Mar. 2016 by Windpower Monthly
http://www.windpowermonthly.com/article/1388873/japan-increase-wind-safety-checks

Accidents spur mandatory wind turbine safety checks in Japan, on 21 Nov. 2014 by REcharge
http://www.rechargenews.com/wind/863033/accidents-spur-mandatory-wind-turbine-safety-checks-in-japan
http://www.windaction.org/posts/41663-accidents-spur-mandatory-wind-turbine-safety-checks-in-japan#.WNta8W_yjtQ


JAPEIC and SOMPO have declared to start approving business on 3 April.

安全管理審査制度の改正(H29.4.1改正)に伴い、申請様式の改訂及び、風力発電設備の定期安全管理審査の受付を開始しました。【法定業務室からのお知らせ】
(in Japanese) by (財)発電設備技術検査協会(JAPEIC:The Japan Power Engineering and Inspection Corporation)
http://www.japeic.or.jp/

「風力発電設備」の定期安全管理審査の開始(in Japanese)by SOMPO Risk Management & Health Care
https://www.sompo-rc.co.jp/news/2017/20170403_2.pdf