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SHI secures order for a 112 MW biomass power plant in Japan

Japan-headed Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd (SHI) has announced that it has secured an order for a 112 MW biomass power plant from Kaita Biomass Power Co., Ltd, a power generation company that was jointly established by Hiroshima Gas Co., Ltd. and the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. It will be built in Kaita-Cho, Aki District, Hiroshima Prefecture. Expected to be operational in March 2021, the plant will become the largest biomass-fueled power plant in Japan that utilizes a CFB-boiler.

According to a statement, the plant will utilize biomass materials such as wood pellets and waste forest thinning from within the prefecture as its main fuel source. In addition, the plant is designed to be an extremely efficient biomass-fueled power plant that utilizes a reheating system, a steam recirculation system whereby steam that expands within a steam turbine is re-sent into the boiler. By reheating and re-sending the surplus steam into the steam turbine, high-efficiency power generation is achieved.

The plant will utilize SHI Group’s Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) boiler from its subsidiary Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW). With over 490 references globally, the company’s CFB boilers are a market leader in the biomass power plant market.

According to SHI, this experience has resulted in securing the order for this power plant which will be the largest biomass-fueled power plant in Japan that utilizes a CFB boiler. The value of the order has not been disclosed.

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