Japan’s Tokyo Gas awards Sodegaura LNG power plant gig to Mitsubishi Power

Japan’s city gas supplier and LNG importer, Tokyo Gas, has awarded a contract to Mitsubishi Power, a unit of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, for its LNG power plant in Sodegaura, Chiba prefecture.

Tokyo Gas announced on Friday that it has decided to build the project which includes three gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) power plants with 650MW class natural gas-fired units.

The firm and Jera already operate a huge LNG import terminal in Sodegaura city.

Back in 2019, Tokyo Gas and Kyushu Electric decided to conduct a feasibility study to build an LNG-fired thermal power plant in Sodegaura city located along Tokyo Bay.

However, Tokyo Gas announced in June last year that it will continue to work on the LNG power plant project alone after Kyushu Electric’s departure.

Hydrogen plans

Chiba-Sodegaura Power, a unit of Tokyo Gas and the developer of the project, awarded the full-turnkey contract to Mitsubishi Power.

The firms also signed a full-scope long-term service agreement (LTSA), according to a statement by MHI.

MHI said that the gas turbines that will generate the bulk of the power will be M701JAC gas turbines.

Also, this project is a joint venture between MHI and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, and covers engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC).

The two companies will collaborate on this project, with MHI supplying gas turbines, steam turbines, heat recovery steam generators, and flue gas desulfurization systems, while Mitsubishi Electric will supply generators and electrical products.

MHI said that the gas turbines will be capable of hydrogen co-firing, and the plant will be designed so that it can be converted to 100 percent hydrogen firing with minimal rebuilding.

The firm did not reveal the price tag of the deal.

Tokyo Gas expects the power plant to launch commercial operations in fiscal 2029.

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