Japanese oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu, together with subsidiary Showa Shell Solar have revealed plans to build a thin-film CIS photovoltaic (PV) solar station in Miyazaki Prefecture, Japan.

The plant will have a 900MW annual production capacity involving total investment of JPY 100bn ($1.07bn).

The company will acquire the Miyazaki facility from the owner Hitachi Plasma and install equipment there to help quickly construct the new power plant.

The facility with total area of nearly 400,000m², is expected to generate employment for 800 people at the start of operations.

The power plant is scheduled to become operational by the second half of 2011. Production from the plant will be sold around the world for industrial and domestic use.