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Tepco speeds up new 500 MW gas fired unit

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) is bringing forward planned commissioning of a new 500 MW combined-cycle gas fired unit at its Kawasaki plant to help meet peak summertime demand, said a company spokesman.

Tepco had earlier said test operations for the unit would start in the summer 2012.

Two of Tepco‘s three nuclear power stations were shut down after the Fukushima incident. Its only operating station will begin scheduled maintenance in early March but since the Fukushima crisis no reactors taken offline for routine maintenance have been restarted.

Tepco also plans another two 710 MW combined-cycle gas-fired units for the Kawasaki plant but construction will not begin until next year. LNG-based power capacity at the plant now stands at 1628 MW.

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