Our power supply business began in fiscal 2002 and contributes to the stable supply of electricity for the region.
We are also currently pursuing plans to construct additional plants.
The Kobe Power Plant was established as the cornerstone of a new business following revisions to the Electricity Business Act in April 1995. In establishing the power station we fully capitalized on existing infrastructure at Kobe Works and our expertise in in-house power generation in the Iron & Steel Business. Wholesale power supply commenced in fiscal 2002. All generated power is supplied to The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. The power station is one of the largest independent power producers in Japan, capable of covering approximately 70 percent of Kobe's peak electricity demand. Because the power station is located in an urban setting, it also features environmental equipment with some of the highest standards. In April 2016, the name of the operating company was changed from Shinko Kobe Power Inc. to Kobelco Power Kobe, Inc. to reflect the Group brand.
We have established a plan to construct a 1.25 million kW power station on land adjacent to the Moka Plant in Tochigi Prefecture. A contract for power and gas supply was formed with Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in September 2014. Construction is currently underway, with plans to begin operation of the No. 1 unit in the second half of 2019. In January 2016, Kobelco Power Moka, Inc. was established as a special purpose company (SPC). The power plant will receive city gas from Tokyo Gas, which it will utilize as fuel for the state-of-the-art GTCC systems, offering one of the highest levels of generation efficiency in Japan. As Japan’s first full-scale inland thermal power station, we believe it will help contribute to a stronger energy infrastructure through dispersed generation and regional development.
Upstream operations at Kobe Works are scheduled to end in 2017. As a result, we are pursuing plans to construct a 1.3 million kW power station on the site of the works' blast furnace. A contract for power delivery was formed with The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. on March 2015. Environmental assessments are currently underway, with plans to begin operation of the first of two plants in fiscal 2021. The new power station will feature cutting-edge, ultra-supercritical generating equipment. As an urban power station, it will also feature advanced environmental equipment of the highest standards suitable for the location.
|Power plant||Fuel||Capacity||Generation method||Commencement of supply|
|Kobe Power Plant||Coal||1.4 mil. kW
|Coal-fired, supercritical pressure power generation||No. 1 unit: April 2002
No. 2 unit: April 2004
|Moka Power Plant
|City gas||1.248 mil. kW
|Gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC)||No. 1 unit: 2H 2019 (scheduled)
No. 2 unit: 1H 2020 (scheduled)
Kobe Works Thermal Power Plant
|Coal||1.3 mil. kW
|Coal-fired, ultra-supercritical pressure power generation||No. 1 unit: fiscal 2021 (scheduled)
No. 2 unit: fiscal 2022 (scheduled)