Construction start for Sumitomo Corp's Sendai-ko Biomass Power plant
In Japan, Sumitomo Corporation together with Sumitomo Corporation Tohoku Co., Ltd, has announced that it has commenced construction of the 112 MW biomass-fired thermal power plant in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture through Sendai-ko Biomass Power GK, which is wholly owned by the Sumitomo Corporation Group.
The Sendai-ko Biomass Power plant will be located on a 3.4 ha industrial site on Sendai Shiogama Port premises located in Miyagino-ku, Sendai City. With a generation capacity of 112 MW, it will be capable of supplying power to roughly 260 000 households.
Sumitomo Corporation will import and supply wood pellets certified under international forest certification systems. The Company is actively considering the utilization of domestic biomass resources as well.
The total cost of the project is roughly JPY 90 billion (≈ EUR 690.23 million), with commercial operation scheduled to begin in October 2025.
Part of carbon-neutral business strategy
As a response to climate change issues, Sumitomo Corporation Group aims to make its business activities carbon-neutral by 2050. In its power generation businesses, it plans to raise the proportion of renewable energy to at least 30 percent on a net ownership capacity by roughly 2035.
Through Summit Energy Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Corporation Group has developed biomass power plants at three locations in Japan – the 50 MW Itoigawa biomass power plant in Niigata Prefecture, the 75 MW Handa biomass power plant in Aichi Prefecture, and the 50 MW Sakata biomass power plant in Yamagata Prefecture.
The Green Growth Strategy announced by the Japanese government in December 2020 aims to realize a carbon-neutral society by 2050, and has set out a rough target for increasing the proportion of renewable energy in power generation to 50-60 percent.
Based on this, the Fifth Strategic Energy Plan, which is the foundation of Japan’s energy policy, is expected to be revised by the end of 2021. The expansion of introduction of renewable forms of energy in Japan has become a pressing issue, and of these forms of renewable energy, biomass power is classified as a base-load power source that is operable 24 hours a day, its advantage being its stable power supply.