Japan's utility companies used 4.36 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas last month, a 23 per cent rise from a year earlier, reflecting the shortfall in nuclear power following the Fukishima disaster.
The Nuclear Safety Commission has approved the construction of a commercial nuclear power plant, Japan`s first for ten years. Construction of the 1000 MW reactor will begin in December and is slated to enter operation in July 2005. It will be located in Higashidori, 640 km northeast of Tokyo.
The University of Tokyo said it has developed a method of using finely powdered quicklime to remove sulphur compounds from the gas emissions at coal burning power plants. The new method is said to achieve the same results as conventional wet FGD methods in a shorter time while eliminating the need to process waste water.
Japan`s Overseas Economic Corporation Fund is providing nearly $0.9bn in loans to Malaysia, about half of which will go toward improving electricity and water supply in the country. The Port Dickson Power Rehabilitation Project is receiving $419m which will see the Port Dickson power station replaced with a more stable combined cycle power plant.
ABB Carbon has announced that the 360 MW Karita P800 pressurized fluid bed combustion (PFBC) plant has entered its commissioning phase. It is the world`s first large-scale commercial PFBC plant. Cold commissioning has been completed and the plant`s coal crushers and paste pumps have been tested. Customer acceptance is scheduled for July 2000.
Japan Gas Turbine, an ABB-Kawasaki Heavy Industries joint venture, has won an equipment supply order for a 400 MW gas fired combined cycle power plant in Japan. Kawasaki Steel Corp. will own and operate the plant at Chiba, 50 km east of Tokyo. The plant will consist of an ABB power island with one GT26 gas turbine, a steam turbine and a heat recovery boiler.