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Renova to develop 75 MW biomass plant in Japan

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Japanese renewable energy project developer Renova has made a final investment decision on a large-scale biomass power generation project in the country’s Miyagi Prefecture.

The 75 MW capacity biomass plant – the Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project – will utilise wood pellets and palm kernel shells. It will generate approximately 553,300 MWh annually, enough to power around 170,000 households.

Renova will work on the project with four co-sponsors – Sumitomo Forestry, United Purpose Management, Mizuho Leasing, and Daiwa Energy & Infrastructure.

By developing the plant, Renova will be contributing to local and economic revitalisation in the area, centring on the city of Sendai, through job creation and the utilisation of port and harbour infrastructure.

Renova is developing several wood biomass-fuelled power plants in Japan, including the Akita Biomass Project, Kanda Biomass, Tokushima-Tsuda Biomass, Omaezakikou Biomass and Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass, most of which are currently under construction.

Full construction of the Sendai-Gamo Biomass Project is scheduled for February 2021, with operations commencing in November 2023.