Kashima Works power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The East Japan Steel Works power station also known as Kashima Iron Works power station, is a 1,177-megawatt (MW) power plant in Ibaraki, Japan.


The map below shows the Sumitomo Metals plant in Kashima.

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The iron works plant is owned and operated by Sumitomo Metal Industries and Nippon Steel. According to the U.S. Geological Survey: "Sumitomo Metals Kashima thermal powerplant began commercial operation in June 2007. Construction of the plant started in January 2004. The $545 million coal-fired plant had a generating capacity of 507 megawatts. Power would be supplied to Tokyo Electric Power Co., Inc. for 15 years."[1] In April 2020 the Kashima Iron Works were integrated with the Kamaishi Steel Works and the combined facilities were renamed the "East Japan Steel Works. Kamaishi District."[2]


On December 9, 2013, J-Power and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal announced that they had formed the new company Kashima Power Company to construct an ultra-super critical 650 MW coal unit on the grounds of the Kashima Iron Works plant. Since this will be an expansion of the existing Kashima Iron Works Power Plant site, it is expected that the environmental impact assessment will be sped up. The new power plant is expected to start by 2020. About 300 MW of the power will be sold to TEPCO, and the remaining power will be sold to other companies.[3]

In May 2016, Japan’s environment minister Tamayo Marukawa endorsed the plant.[4]

As of November 2016, Kiko Network reports that the project is under construction, with completion expected in July 2020.[5] The new 645-MW unit was commissioned on Jul. 1, 2020[6]

Project Details of expansion

  • Sponsor: Kashima Power
  • Parent company: Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal, J-POWER
  • Location: Kashima, Ibaraki, Kantō, Japan
  • Coordinates: 35.947067, 140.688737 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 645 MW
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2020
  • Coal Type: hard coal
  • Coal Source: imported
  • Estimated annual CO2:
  • Source of financing:

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