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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