Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Electric, and Joban Joint Power have signed a letter of intent (LoI) to develop coal power plants with emission-cutting technology in Fukushima, Japan.
Mitsubishi will partner with Teopco with Joban Joint Power to build two advanced, coal-fired thermal plants with a combined power generation capacity of 1,080MW.
The five energy giants have formed a group, to be named the Fukushima Revitalization Power Consortium, which aims to build and operate two coal-fired power facilities in the Fukushima Prefecture.
Planned projects will be equipped with integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC) units, the consortium said.
IGCC systems generate power using a combined-cycle process by turning coal into gas, using both gas and steam turbines.
While one of the new plants will be built at Tepco’s Hirono thermal power station, which had an installed capacity of 4,400MW, the other will be at Joban Joint Power’s 1,875MW coal-fired Nakoso thermal power station.
As well as boosting the efficiency of the power facilities, the IGCC units are also likely to lower carbon emissions by about 15% more than conventional coal-fired power plants.
Following development and installation works, the planned projects are expected to be operational in early 2020s.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries said in a statement: "Drawing on the skills and knowledge gained in the power generation business, the five companies are committed to creating an industrial base in the prefecture, to be achieved by executing construction works and procuring relevant materials, as well as through follow-up surveillance assessments once operations have commenced, all with the goal of contributing to speedy revitalisation in Fukushima."