Hirono Thermal Power Station

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The Hirono power station is a 4,400 megawatt (MW) power station in Fukushima, Japan, of which 1,200 MW are coal-fired. A further 543 MW is under development.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the power station, located about 3 km north of Hirono, Fukushima.

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Background on plant

The plant has an installed capacity of 4,400 MW. Power is generated by three 600MW units, and two 1,000MW units. Units 1 to 4 run on fuel oil and crude oil,[1] whereas unit 5 (600 MW) runs on coal.[2][3]

Unit 6

A 600 MW coal-fired Unit 6 went into operation in December 2013, raising the plant's capacity to from 3,800 MW to 4,400 MW.[4]

Proposed IGCC unit

In 2013, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said it is considering partnering with Mitsubishi to build two 500 MW integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) coal-fired power stations in Fukushima Prefecture, the area of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant damaged in the 2011 earthquake. One unit will be in the Hirono area and the other in the Nakoso area at the Nakoso power station. Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will operate the Mitsubishi-owned power plants that could be connected to the grid by 2020.[5][6]

In August 2015, a letter of intent (LOI) was signed between TEPCO, Mitsubishi, and Joban Joint Power Co. to develop a 540 MW IGCC plant at the Hirono power station. It is planned to be operational in the early 2020s. The companies, named the Fukushima Revitalization Power Consortium, also signed an LOI for a 540 MW IGCC plant at Joban's 1,875MW coal-fired Nakoso power station.[7]

The EIA was approved in 2016, and the plant is planned for 2021.[8] Construction of the plant began in April 2018.[9] According to Kiko Net the plant is scheduled to be commissioned in September 2021.[10]

Financing of IGCC Units

In September 2016, a combined financing agreement was closed for the Hirono and Nakoso IGCC units. US$2,755.05 million in loans was provided for the two units, assumed to be split on a 50:50 basis, by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Development Bank of Japan, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Toho Bank, Nippon Life Insurance, Aozora Bank, Joyo Bank, Chiba Bank, Chugoku Bank, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, Resona Holdings, Yamagata Bank, Bank of Fukuoka, Yamaguchi Bank, Bank of Iwate, Aomori Bank, North Pacific Bank, Akita Bank, and Shizuoka Bank.[11]

Plant Details

Sponsor: JERA[12]
Parent Company: Chubu Electric Power, TEPCO
Location: Fukushima, Japan
Coordinates: 37.232652,141.015 (exact)
Status: Units 1-4: Retired; Units 5-6: Operating
Start Date: Unit 5: 2004; Unit 6: 2013
Capacity: 1,200 MW (Units 5-6: 600 MW)
Type: Ultra-supercritical
Coal Type: Hard coal
Coal Source: Imported
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:

Plant Details of IGCC plant

Sponsor: Hirono IGCC Power GK
Parent Company: Mitsubishi Corporation Energy Solutions (40%), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (40%), Mitsubishi Electric (10%), Tokyo Electric Power Company 10%
Location: Fukushima, Japan
Coordinates: 37.232652,141.015 (exact)
Status: Construction
Proposed start date: 2021
Capacity: 540 MW
Type: IGCC
Coal Type: Hard coal
Coal Source: Imported
Estimated annual CO2:
Financing: US$1,377.525 million in debt from Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Development Bank of Japan, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, Toho Bank, Nippon Life Insurance, Aozora Bank, Joyo Bank, Chiba Bank, Chugoku Bank, Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, Resona Holdings, Yamagata Bank, Bank of Fukuoka, Yamaguchi Bank, Bank of Iwate, Aomori Bank, North Pacific Bank, Akita Bank, and Shizuoka Bank.[11]

Opposition

The “No Coal, Go Green! Project” released a report in March 2020, highlighting why the Mitsubishi Company that is powering the Hirono plant should stop investing. One major reason cited was that the Hirono power plant in the Fukushima Prefecture of Japan impacted radiation levels in nearby neighborhoods.[13]

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References

  1. Yuji Nishiyama (22 March 2011). "Utilities Sector". Credit Suisse. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  2. Hiromasa Momma; Junichi Ishiguro; Takayuki Suto; Toshihiro Miyawaki; Ryuji Iwamoto; Tsuyoshi Nakahara (October 2004). "Commencement of the Commercial Operation of 600 MW Unit, "Hirono No. 5 Thermal Power Station of The Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc."". Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Technical Review. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. 41 (5): 264–267.
  3. Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, "Principal Thermal Power Plants (1,000MW or greater)", Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan, accessed August 2009.
  4. "Commercial Operation Commencement of Unit 6 of Hirono Thermal Power Station," TEPCO, Dec 3, 2013.
  5. "2 new coal-fired power plants in disaster struck Fukushima," Sekitan, Dec 11, 2013.
  6. “Operation and Construction Plans of Coal-Fired Thermal Plants in Japan,” Kiko Network, 17 October 2014
  7. "Tepco Mitsubishi and Joban Joint Power partner on low-emission coal power projects in Japan," Power Technology, Aug 21, 2015
  8. "大型石炭ガス化複合発電設備実証計画(広野)/福島復興電源コンソーシアム/福島県広野町," Kiko Network, accessed May 2017
  9. Construction of IGCC Facilities Begins at 540 MW Plant in Hirono-machi, Fukushima, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Apr. 13, 2018
  10. Communication with Kiko Net, May 2021
  11. 11.0 11.1 "Preview of Fukushima IGCC Power Plants (1080MW) | Transaction | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-11-13.
  12. Hirono 5, Kiko Network, accessed January 2020
  13. "Why Investors should divest from Mitsubishi Corporation", No Coal, Go Green! Project, March, 2020.

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