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ENEOS Biomass Power Muroran begins commercial operations

In Japan, JGC Holdings Corporation has announced the handing over of a 74.9 MWe biomass power generation facility in Kohoku-sho, Muroran City, Hokkaido. The plant was constructed by JGC Holdings domestic engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) operating company, JGC Japan Corporation on behalf of the client ENEOS Biomass Power Muroran GK.

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In Japan, JGC Holdings Corporation has announced the handing over of a 74.9 MWe biomass power generation facility in Kohoku-sho, Muroran City, Hokkaido to ENEOS Biomass Power Muroran GK (photo courtesy JGC).

ENEOS Biomass Power Muroran GK (previously known as Muroran Biomass Power Generation GK) was jointly formed by JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy Corporation – previously known as TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K (90 percent share) – and JGC Holdings Corporation (10 percent share) to engage in the biomass power generation business utilizing renewable energy feed-in tariffs.

In October 2016, JGC Corporation was selected to undertake the EPC work for the plant together with the uploading equipment for the fuel to be used as well as its transport and storage facilities and the supply of other necessary equipment along with the power generation unit, and the plant entered service on May 24, 2020, the same day as the handover.

Fueled primarily with palm kernel shells (PKS), the facility features environmentally friendly biomass power generation technology such as circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler with steam reheat supplied by Sumitomo Heavy Industries (SHI). The 74.9 MWe output makes it one of the largest such biopower plants in Japan.

The JGC Group participated in the project seeking to form a synergy between its business investment and engineering pursuits and its successful completion and entry into commercial operations holds great significance in this regard.

The company is engaged in the construction of renewable energy plants including photovoltaic facilities and those powered by biomass, alternative materials to microplastics, the manufacture of heat dissipation conducting silicon nitride substrates for HV/EV, hydrogen energy (CO2-free Ammonia), the chemical recycling of waste plastic and other related endeavors.

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