Japan Beyond Coal database update:
On December 22, JERA announced that Yokosuka Power Station Unit 2 has started operation. With this, both Units 1 and 2 are now in commercial operation.
The number of operating power plants are now as follows:
Operating: 172 Units
Planned (including under construction): 1 Units
Retired: 4 Units
・Summit Onahama S Power to be shut down
Summit Onahama S Power, a group company of the Sumitomo Corporation, has decided to shut down the Onahama Power Plant in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture at the end of March 2024 as part of its efforts to achieve carbon neutrality.
Sumitomo Corporation’s press release in Japanese (Link)
・Noshiro Thermal Power Station Plans to expand to 20% biomass co-firing
At a press conference on November 29, the company’s president announced plans to expand the biomass co-firing ratio from 1% to a maximum of 20% from next spring onward. The company has been conducting experiments in co-firing black pellets since FY2021.
・KEPCO cancels Wakayama Gas Thermal Power Plant construction
Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) has cancelled the construction of a thermal power plant planned for Wakayama City, Japan, with a total output of 3.7 MW of LNG. This plant was originally planned in 1995, but its construction was suspended in 2004 due to low demand for electricity.
KEPCO’s press release in Japanese (PDF)