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Kawasaki biomass plant to start production

Japan's largest biomass-fired power plant is expected to begin operations on 1 February this year.

The Kanagawa Prefecture-based Kawasaki biomass power station will handle around 180,000 tonnes of wood chips annually for the production of 33MW of power a year.

The site is currently undergoing its final inspection prior to operations commencing.

A joint venture between Sumitomo Joint Electric Power Co. and two other companies, the facility will run for 24 hours a day, generating renewable energy for JX Nippon Oil and Energy Corporation. The company owns and rents out the land on which the power plant was built, in addition to a wood chip production plant near to the facility.