Takehara Thermal Power Plant

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The Takehara power station (竹原発電所) is a 1,300 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Takeharashi, Japan.


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Background on Plant

The station is owned and operated by J-POWER, the trading name for the Electric Power Development Co. It comprises three units: the 250MW unit no 1 was commissioned in July 1967; the 350MW No 2 was converted from being an oil-fired power station to coal and re-commissioned in June 1995; and the 700MW No 3 which was commissioned in March 1983.[1]

Description of Expansion

J-Power is considering the construction of a new 600 megawatt coal-fired unit. In its planning document J-Power refer to this as 'Takehara New Unit 1' to replace the existing 250 megawatt unit 1 commissioned in 1967. The company has indicated that construction may start in 2015 with a nominal commissioning date of 2020.[2]

Construction began in 2014.[3]

Units 1 and 2 were retired in 2018 and 2019 respectively.[4] New Unit 1 was commissioned on June 30, 2020.[5]

Project Details for Takehara Expansion

  • Sponsor: J-POWER
  • Parent Company: J-POWER
  • Location: Takeharashi, Hiroshima, Japan
  • Coordinates: 34.3373, 132.9572 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 600 MW
  • Type:  Ultra-supercritical with 10% biomass
  • Projected in service: 2020
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:  
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Electric Power Development Co., "Fact Book: 2008", Electric Power Development Co., October 2008, page 15.
  2. Electric Power Development Company, "Outline of Fiscal 2013 Electric Power Supply Plan", Electric Power Development Company website, March 29, 2013, page 2.
  3. "Takehara," (Japanese), accessed July 2014.
  4. "Takehara Thermal Power Plant New Unit No.1 Commenced Commercial Operation," Electric Power Development Co., Ltd., June 2020
  5. Jパワー竹原火力新1号が営業運転開始/バイオマス10%混焼へ, deknishimbun.com, Jul. 1, 2020

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