JAPEX announces business partners for 1,180 MW power plant

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JAPEX announces business partners for 1,180 MW power plant

At the shareholders meeting of Fukushima Gas Power Co., Ltd. FGP) that was founded by Japan Petroleum Exploration Co., Ltd. (JAPEX) and Mitsui & Co., Ltd (Mitsui) held on October 11, 2016, two important resolutions concerning the Natural Gas-fired Power Generation Project at Soma Port in Shinchi Town, Fukushima Prefecture were passed.

By these shareholder resolutions, commercialization of this project and, in addition to JAPEX and Mitsui, the participation of new shareholders, Osaka Gas Co., Ltd., Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co., Inc., and Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc., were approved. The three new shareholders will also assume the role of business partners for this project.

JAPEX has been promoting studies and surveys towards the realization of this project and conducting environmental assessment in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Law for the purpose of seeking Soma LNG Terminal which is under construction and its neighbouring site as well as contributing to the stable supply of electric power and revitalization of the coastal area of Fukushima Prefecture from the damage caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake through FGP.

By these resolutions, it was officially decided by FGP to commence the construction of the “Soma Port Natural Gas-fired Electric Power Generation Plant” after the completion of the environmental assessment, and, in parallel with the assessment process, start preparations for the construction of the power plant. Furthermore, the newly joined three companies which have expertise in LNG procurement and the power generation business will add strength to the business promotion organizational structure of this project. From now on, FGP will lead this project in collaboration with the five shareholder companies as business partners including JAPEX.

The power plant will have two power generation GTCC (Gas Turbine Combined-Cycle) units which can generate 590 thousands kilowatts. In addition, FGP plans to construct a new aboveground type LNG storage tank which can store 230 thousand kiloliters and LNG vaporization equipment on the site of JAPEX’s Soma LNG Terminal, which is under construction at FGP’s neighboring plant site.

FGP will outsource to JAPEX construction management and operations of the new LNG tank and vaporization equipment, including safekeeping and vaporization of LNG, as well as supply of vaporized natural gas to the power plant. FGP will continue to proceed with the environmental assessment and conclude contracts with EPC (Engineering Procurement and Construction) contractors, aiming to commence the power plant construction upon completion of the environmental assessment expected to be finished by the summer of 2017, and start commercial operations in the spring of 2020.

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