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Mitsubishi, Tepco plan coal-fired IGCC plants in Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Co. will work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corp. and Mitsubishi Electric to build coal-fired integrated gasification combined-cycle plants in Fukushima, according to a report from Reuters.

The Mitsubishi companies will have a majority stake in the plants, while Tepco will be in charge of running the facilities, according to Reuters. Tepco has been seeking to introduce new power plants because its nuclear power plants were closed after the core meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in 2011 and have no immediate prospects of restarting.

The companies plan to put the IGCC facilities online around 2020, according to Reuters.

IGCC technology, which uses coal to produce synthetic gas that is burned for power generation, is the same technology used in Duke Energy’s 618-MW Edwardsport IGCC Station in Indiana and the Southern Co.’s Kemper County Energy Facility in Mississippi.