Five Japanese firms have joined forces to construct two coal-fired power plants in Fukushima.
Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Joban Joint Power have joined forces to develop the 540 MW project, which aims to create an industrial base and open up job opportunities to support local economic recovery.
They will use an integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC), which the companies claim is the “next-generation clean coal technology”. They expect it to cut CO2 emissions by around 15% in comparison with the latest conventional coal-fired power plant.
One of the IGCC facilities will be built at TEPCO’s Hirono Thermal Power Station and the other at Joban Joint Power Company’s Nakoso Thermal Power Station.
Operating as the “Fukushima Revitalisation Power Consortium”, the companies will be working to implement the project with operations to start in the early 2020s.
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