Japan to open geothermal plant ‘next month’

Japan is reportedly planning to open its first geothermal plant in 15 years next month. Located in the nation’s southern island of Kyushu, the Waita geothermal power plant is being […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Japan is reportedly planning to open its first geothermal plant in 15 years next month.

Located in the nation’s southern island of Kyushu, the Waita geothermal power plant is being built by Waita-Kai and Chuo Electric Power which also plans to open five other plants in the next five years.

“The output of Waita Geothermal Power Plant is small at 2,000 kilowatts, based on the environmentally conscious design taking into account the landscape of this special hot spring village”, Waita-Kai says on its website.

The power plant – the first to open in Japan since 1999 – will herald the start of a new chapter for the nation’s energy industry following the Fukushima nuclear incident.