Five firms have joined forces to build two 540MW coal-fired power plants in Fukushima.
The project was launched with the aim of creating an industrial base and opening up job opportunities to support local economic recovery.
They will use an integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC), which the companies claim is the “next-generation clean coal technology”.
They expect it to cut CO2 emissions by around 15% in comparison with the latest conventional coal-fired power plant.
The firms include: Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and Joban Joint Power.
One of the IGCC facilities will be built at TEPCO’s Hirono Thermal Power Station and the other at Joban Joint Power Company’s Nakoso Thermal Power Station.
Operating as the “Fukushima Revitalisation Power Consortium”, the companies will be working to implement the project with operations to start in the early 2020s.
Recently global nuclear output rose for first time since Japan’s Fukushima accident in 2014.
The first nuclear power plant to re-open in Japan following the Fukushima disaster began generating electricity recently.