Japan to support export of coal, gas power technologies
Low-emission thermal systems to be directed at Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia
TOKYO -- Japan's industry ministry is set to support domestic industry's efforts to export low-emission gas and coal thermal power generation systems to developing countries.
The program includes support for Japanese power companies' feasibility studies and technology transfers in Vietnam, Thailand and Indonesia.
The aim is to boost exports of Japan's infrastructure technologies by working with private-sector players to find emerging opportunities at an early stage and capture the growing demand in these countries ahead of international rivals.
The initiative is in line with the program drawn up in May last year that aims to promote export of infrastructure systems, including highly efficient thermal power systems.
It also relates to the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's efforts to draft a policy proposal addressing global warming through support to developing countries.
Specifically, the program will support projects involving state-of-the-art gas thermal systems, and gasified-coal equipment using integrated gasification combined cycle or ultra-supercritical technologies.
Construction of new power stations, renewal of such facilities, and remodeling of turbines in use, for example, will fall under the scope of the program.
The program will invite staff from the three countries' governments and power utilities to undergo training on how to operate and maintain the systems, and dispatch Japanese engineers to provide on-site support.
For the year ending March 2019, the ministry plans to budget about 2 billion yen ($17.6 million) for studies of seven or eight projects.