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Japan geothermal development continued…

Alexander Richter Alexander Richter 7 Jan 2009

At present, Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Electric Power Development Co. , better known as J-Power, are conducting joint geothermal feasibility tests in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan. Similar tests are being carried out jointly by Nittetsu Mining Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan.

At present, Mitsubishi Materials Corp. and Electric Power Development Co. , better known as J-Power, are conducting joint geothermal feasibility tests in Akita Prefecture, northern Japan. Similar tests are being carried out jointly by Nittetsu Mining Co. and Kyushu Electric Power Co. in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan. The first geothermal development in a long time.

So it is even interesting to hear that the country is looking at a possible revision of a law, designated for nature preservation, to promote the use of geothermal resources for power generation. A task force has been established by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to set specific targets for developing geothermal reservoirs inside national parks for the years to fiscal 2030. This step is aimed at relaxing regulations in order to boost geothermal power development.

The last geothermal plant launched in Japan was Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Geothermal power plant on Hachijojima Island, 300 km south of Tokyo.

Source: istockanalyst.com