Last week, the US Energy Information Administration said Japanese companies are planning to develop about 45 additional coal power plants in the next decade, as the country gradually ramps up its nuclear power generation following the Fukushima disaster in 2011. A disaster which led Japan to start importing more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia.
According to Tom O’Sullivan, a Tokyo based energy consultant with Mathyos Global Advisory, the move to more coal-fired power was because coal was cheaper than LNG, and the energy security was priority for the government.
These power plants are to utilise high energy, low emissions (HELE) technology using high-quality black coal.
The US Energy Information Administration has also stated that while no significant coal-fired capacity is expected to come online before 2020, the 45 new coal power plants are expected to add more than 20 GW of capacity in the next decade.
Japan has ratified the Paris Climate Agreement and committed to a 26 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.