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Japan utility seeks huge ammonia carriers to reduce coal use

JERA partners with shipping companies to build transport network for cleaner fuel

JERA plans to replace part of the coal burned at its Hekinan power plant with ammonia. (Photo by Ryo Mukano)

TOKYO -- Japanese utility JERA and two shipping companies will explore building one of the world's largest operations for transporting ammonia for power plant fuel, in a step toward burning less coal.

JERA, a 50-50 joint venture between Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings and Chubu Electric Power, said Monday it will partner with Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Nippon Yusen on the effort.

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