Ichihara power station

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Ichihara power station was a proposed 1,000-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

The project was called off in 2017.


The map below shows the city of Ichihara, the approximate location where the plant would be built, in the area of the Tonen General Sekiyu oil factory.

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In April 2015 Kansai Electric Power (KEPCO) in collaboration with oil company Tonen General Sekiyu said they planned a coal-fired power station of 1,000 MW in Chiba Prefecture. The total project cost is estimated at several hundred billion yen. They aim to start operation of the plant in the mid 2020s. KEPCO plans to sell some of the power to TEPCO households in the metropolitan area.[1]

In October 2015 Japan’s environment minister Tamayo Marukawa said she won’t support the project, and that Japan should develop a plan to meet its stated goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 35 percent from 2013 levels by 2030.[2]

In 2016, Kansai Electric Power and Tonen General Sekiyu continued to move forward with the EIA process.[3]

However, in March 2017 Kansai and Tonen called the project off. In cancelling the plant, the companies cited “changes in the feasibility and the surrounding environment” of the project, which had been questioned by Japan’s environment minister and opposed by many local residents.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ichihara Thermal Power Generation
  • Parent Company: KENES (Kanden Energy Solution Co.), Tonen General Sekiyu
  • Location: Ichihara city, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
  • Coordinates: 35.433333, 139.95 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 1,000 MW
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Imported
  • Source of financing:

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