Chubu Electric decommissions two thermal power plants (Japan)
The Japanese power utility Chubu Electric Power has decommissioned the 500 MW Astumi-1 oil-fired power plant in Tahara-shi (Aichi) and two 220 MW gas-fired units (units 1 and 2) at the Yokkaichi power in Yokkaichi-shi (Mie) in Japan). The Yokkaichi-1 unit will be transformed to a biomass-fired power plant. The construction of the biomass-fired installations will start in May 2018 and the newly built plant is expected to start commercial operations in April 2020. It will use wood pellet and palm coconut shells as primary fuel and is expected to have an installed capacity of 49 MW.
The Atsumi power plant includes four units and the second one (Atsumi-2, 500 MW) was decommissioned in March 2004. The remaining units, Atsumi-3 and Atsumi-4, rated 700 MW each and fuelled with heavy oil or crude oil, are still operational. The Yokkaichi power plant includes four units as well: three 220 MW LNG-fired units and the 585 MW Yokkaichi-4 CCGT unit. From now on, only Yokkaichi-3 and Yokkaichi-4 are operational.