Two power plants are to be built in the Fukushima prefecture of Japan in a bid to assist the region’s recovery from the disastrous nuclear accident of five years ago.

A Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS)-led consortium has been awarded full-turnkey contracts to build integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) power plants.
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The contracts have been awarded by Nakoso IGCC Power GK and Hirono IGCC Power GK to build the plants. Each will have a capacity of 540 MW and will be built on the site of TEPCO Fuel & Power’s Hirono Thermal Power Station in Fukushima’s Futaba District.

The system to be used has significantly higher power generation efficiency compared to conventional coal-fired thermal plants, and CO2 emissions are 15 per cent lower.

The plants are planned to be commissioned in September 2020 and September 2021, respectively.