Jera moves forward with plan to build two Chita LNG power plants

Japan’s Jera is pressing forward with its plan revealed last year aimed at building two 650 MW LNG-fueled power plants at the Chita thermal station in the Aichi prefecture.

The joint venture of Tokyo Electric and Chubu Electric said Tuesday it submitted the environmental impact assessment scoping document for units 7 and 8.

Japan’s largest LNG buyer Jera submitted the document to the Minister of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and local authorities.

This is the second step in four phases of the environmental impact assessment process.

In addition, the firm said the document would be available for public review on Wednesday while it would hold public meetings on March 26.

To remind, the Chita thermal station plan involves decommissioning existing units 1 through 5 and constructing the two new units.

Under the plan, the firm will decommission units 1 through 4 by March 2022 and unit 5 by March 2027. This means shutting 3.1 GW of capacity in total.

Additionally, Jera plans to retain the existing 854 MW unit 6.

The two new units would start operations in August and December 2027, respectively, Jera said.

Furthermore, they will adopt the “latest high-efficiency” combined cycle power generation system, helping reduce emissions.

The system would have a gross thermal efficiency of about 63%, according to Jera.

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