Work on 14.9 MW Appi geothermal power project started in Iwate Prefecture, Japan

Geothermal plant in Hachimantai City, Iwate Prefecture, Japan (source: Iwate Chinetsu)
Alexander Richter 10 Sep 2019

A joint venture by Mitsubishi Materials Corp., Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. and J-Power has kicked of work on the planned 14.9 MW Appi geothermal power project near Hachimantai, in Iwate Prefecture, Japan.

In a release today, it was announced that the Appi geothermal project has been kicked off with construction work being started on the preparation for theproject.

Appi Geothermal Energy Corporation, which was jointly established by Electric Power Development Co., Ltd. (J-POWER), Mitsubishi Materials Corporation (MMC), and Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Company, Inc. (MGC), has work on site of the planned Appi Geothermal Power Plant in August 2019.

Appi Geothermal Power Plant, whose capacity is 14.900kW (14.9 MW), will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions and stable power supply. Aiming to start commercial operation in April 2024, Appi Geothermal Energy Corporation is proceeding with construction works safely, with consideration to natural environment.

This project is the second joint geothermal power project by J-POWER, MCC and MGC after Wasabizawa Geothermal Power Plant which started commercial operation on May 20, 2019.

The joint venture is majority owned by Mitsubishi Materials Corp. (MMC) with 51%, Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Co. (MGC) with 34% and Electric Power Development Co., Ltd (J-POWER) with 15%.  Appi Geothermal Energy Corp. was founded in October 2015.

Source: Company release via EPDC (pdf)