Five companies will construct coal power plants in Fukushima

21/08/2015 08:18 Electricity Market

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Five companies have joined forces to construct two 540MW coal-fired power plants in Fukushima.

The project was started with the intention of establishing an industrial base and opening up job opportunities to sustain local economic recovery. They will employ an integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC), which the firms say is the “next-generation clean coal technology”. They anticipate it to reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 15% in comparison with the newest conventional coal-fired power plant. Among the companies are: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Joban Joint Power. One of the IGCC facilities will be constructed at TEPCO’s Hirono Thermal Power Station and the other at Joban Joint Power Company’s Nakoso Thermal Power Station. Functioning as the “Fukushima Revitalisation Power Consortium”, the firms will be working to implement the project with operations to launch in the early 2020s. Lately global nuclear production increased for first time since Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2014. The first nuclear power plant to re-open in Japan after the Fukushima accident started to produce electricity recently.

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