Japan’s Chubu Electric has today started testing a 595 MW combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) at its new Joetsu thermal power plant.

Chubu Electric plans to put the turbine into full operation next July and then phase in a further three turbines over a period until 2014.

Chubu Electric believes that once all CCGTs at the plant are operational, it should be able to reduce its reliance on LNG by 600,000 metric tones a year, according to a company spokesman.