Japan’s Jera upgrading Anegasaki LNG power plant

Japan’s LNG trading giant Jera has decommissioned four old LNG-fueled units at its Anegasaki power plant in Chiba, as it continues to move forward with the construction of three new units.

The joint venture of Tepco and Chubu Electric has previously said that it would close these units before the launch of the new LNG-powered units in 2023, as part of a move to slash emissions and boost efficiency.

Jera closed units 1 through 4 built between 1967 and 1972, each with a capacity of 600 MW.

Units 5 and 6, both with a capacity of 600 MW as well, have been under long-term planned shutdown since April 1 this year, Jera said. Unit 5 would resume operation on January 4, 2022, it said.

Also, the three new 650 MW units would work along with units 4 and 5 as of 2023, Jera said.

Jera has this year revealed several developments regarding its LNG supply and LNG-to-power business.

One of the most recent moves includes Jera buying a 25.7 percent stake in Freeport LNG Development from US-based Global Infrastructure Partners.

A unit of Jera would pay about $2.5 billion to take the stake in the firm which operates the Freeport LNG export plant in Texas.

Jera already owns 25 percent of Freeport LNG Train 1 and purchases and transports 2.32 mtpa of LNG for use in Japan and other importing countries.

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