INPEX announces joint geothermal development study at Hokkaido and Akita, Japan
Japanese companies Idemitsu Kosan and INPEX Corp. announce the commencement of a joint geothermal development study at Hokkaido and Akita, Japan.
Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. and INPEX Corp. announce that both companies “agreed to commence a joint geothermal energy development study, as one of the renewable energy resources at the Amemasudake area (Akaigawa and Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture) and the Oyasu area (Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture).
The joint study planned this year includes geological survey, gravity survey and electro-magnetic survey. These areas have been previously researched by New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) in accordance with its geothermal energy development promotion program. NEDO confirmed the feasibility of geothermal power station in these areas since the underground temperature is more than 200 degree Celsius.
If the result of the joint study by both Idemitsu and INPEX proves that these areas have high potential for geothermal energy development, a further study will be carried out. Idemitsu has commenced the geothermal energy development business since 1978, as one of the alternative energy resources after the Oil Crisis, and through Idemitsu Oita Geothermal Co., Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Idemitsu, currently supply geothermal steam to Takigami Power Station (Kokonoe, Oita) owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. Idemitsu aims to expand the geothermal development business by fully utilizing the knowledge and the experiences.”
Source: INPEX Company release (pdf)