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Shift from coal to biomass sparks new Asian alliance

Japan's Erex and South Korea's Samsung C&T to partner on fuel development

A Erex biomass power plant in Okinawa. The company is expected eventually to require about 15 million tons of biomass fuel a year. (Photo courtesy of Erex)

TOKYO -- As part of its campaign to convert aging, carbon-dioxide-spewing coal plants to run on biomass, Japanese energy company Erex will partner with South Korean engineering group Samsung C&T on building global supply chains for the cleaner fuel.

The companies, which recently signed a memorandum of understanding to partner on biomass, look to establish a joint venture in Japan next year to develop new fuels.

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