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Climate Change

Japan's eRex plans coal-to-biomass power plant conversion

Independent power supplier expects to bring down generation costs

eRex intends to clean up some of Japan's coal-fired power plants by refitting them to run on biomass fuel. (Photo courtesy of eRex)

TOKYO -- A biomass power plant operator in Japan is in the process of purchasing coal-fired plants from a major power company and other parties that it plans to refit so that they burn its cleaner fuel, Nikkei has learned.

eRex has entered into talks with companies that own coal-fired plants in Japan's Kanto, Hokuriku and Shikoku regions. The biomass plant operator is looking to acquire about four coal-fired plants of about 150,000kW to 500,000kW each, for tens of billions of yen.

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