Thermal Power

14 Oct 2020

Japan’s Hibikidana Biomass Power Plant Shuts After Fire

14 Oct 2020  by Nanami Oki   

Japan's 112MW Hibikidana biomass power plant, in the southern Fukuoka prefecture, has been shut down after a fire hit its conveyor system this morning.

Operator Hibikinada Energy Park is unsure when the plant can resume operations, according to a notice on the Japan electric power exchange website. The firm did not disclose the extent of the damage.

The Hibikinada power plant co-fires 30pc biomass with 70pc coal. The plant uses woody biomass such as woodchips and imported wood pellets. The plant consumes around 160,000t/yr of biomass. The plant began commercial operations in December 2018.

Japan imported 1.3mn t of wood pellets during January-August, up by 30.2pc from the same period a year earlier, according to the latest data released by the country's finance ministry.

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