Japan’s Jera to launch Futtsu LNG pipeline

Japan’s Jera and partners have completed a new pipeline connecting the Futtsu LNG import terminal and the Anegasaki thermal power station in Chiba.

To mark the completion of the pipeline, Keiyo Gas, Otaki Gas, TEPCO Energy Partner, and Nanohana Pipeline held a ceremony on May 20, Jera said in a statement.

The partners plan to launch the new pipeline in June, the joint venture of Tepco and Chubu Electric said.

Nanohana Pipeline, established by Keiyo Gas and Otaki Gas, began building the new high-pressure trunk line long about 31km in 2018.

Following the launch, Jera said it would assume operation of the pipeline and integrate its operations with those of the company’s own power generation pipelines.

Nanohana Pipeline will remain owner of the trunk line, while Keiyo Gas, Otaki Gas, and Tepco EP will use this pipeline to promote expanded use of natural gas.

Jera’s Futtsu LNG terminal and the adjacent power station entered full commercial operation back in 1986. The large LNG terminal currently has 12 tanks, two jetties, and a capacity of 22.9 mtpa, according to GIIGNL data.

On the other side, Jera said in December it had decommissioned four old 600 MW LNG-fueled units at its Anegasaki power plant in Chiba.

Also, the firm aims to launch three new 660 MW LNG-powered units in 2023, as part of a move to slash emissions and boost efficiency.

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