Akita power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Akita power station is a proposed 1,300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Akita, Japan.


The map below shows Akita prefecture, the approximate location where the plant would be built, in the Tōhoku region of northern Honshu, the main island of Japan.

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In March 2015 Kansai Electric Power and Marubeni Corp. informed Akita prefecture of their plans to build a new 1,300 MW coal-fired power station in an industrial park on Akita's northern coast. Kansai Electric plans to use the Akita project to supply electricity to customers in Tokyo. Construction is slated to begin around 2019 and commercial operations around 2025.[1]

The EIA was submitted in September 2015.[2]

In November 2015 Japan’s environment minister Tamayo Marukawa said she won’t support the project, and that Japan should develop a plan to meet its stated goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 35 percent from 2013 levels by 2030.[3][4]

In September 2018 Kiko Network stated that the assessment process for both units was ongoing and that commissioning was scheduled for 2024.[5]

In December 2018 the plant received a positive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.[6]

In March 2019 it was reported that Marubeni Corporation told the Nikkei media company that it would not proceed with the proposed Akita coal plant. According to The Australian Financial Review, Marubeni has yet to formally announce the decision because it is still trying to convince its joint-venture development partner, Kansai Electric Power, to also abandon the project.[7]

In August 2019 a spokesman for Kansai Electric Power announced that construction would not begin in August 2019 as planned and that no new construction schedule had been set. "We have delayed construction of the power plant in Akita from August as was stated in our environmental impact assessment document and no new construction schedule has been set,” said Takahito Hirota, a spokesman at Kansai Electric.[8]

Reuters also reported that industry sources have stated that Kansai Electric and Marubeni have surrendered grid access rights for the project, which would indicate the project has been cancelled. Hirota declined to comment on whether grid access rights have been surrendered.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kansai Electric Power and Marubeni Corp.
  • Location: Akita Prefecture, Honshu Province, Japan
  • Coordinates: 39.718611, 140.1025 (approximate)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Capacity: 1,300 MW
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start date: 2024
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  • Permits and applications: EIA, Honshu Province, 2015/09/25

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