Electric Power

Our wholesale power supply business began in fiscal 2002 and contributes to the stable supply of electricity in local regions.
We are currently moving forward with the expansion of our power generation facility in Kobe.

Kobe Power Plant – No. 1 and No. 2 Units

Following a revision to the Electricity Business Act in 1995, we constructed a power generation facility in Kobe to embark on a new business that would make the best use of the existing infrastructure at the former Kobe Works and the know-how gained from in-house power generation in our ironmaking operations. We began the wholesale electricity supply business in fiscal 2002 in which all the electricity generated is provided to The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. We are one of the largest wholesale power suppliers in Japan, capable of covering approximately 70% of Kobe City's peak demand for electricity in the summer. Because the power generation facility is located in an urban setting, it employs 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.

Moka Power Plant – No. 1 and No. 2 Units

The Moka Power Plant is Japan’s first full-fledged inland thermal power plant. Located adjacent to our Moka Works in Tochigi Prefecture, the Moka Power Plant began commercial operation of its No. 1 unit in October 2019 and its No. 2 unit in March 2020. Under a contract concluded with Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd. in September 2014, the power plant receives city gas from Tokyo Gas to generate electricity using state-of-the-art gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) systems with one of the highest levels of efficiency in Japan. As the Moka Power Plant is not built in a coastal area, where power plants are often situated, there is no danger of tsunami from its inland location. With an expectation of potential benefit from diversifying risks, the Moka Power Plant was selected by the Japanese government’s Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry as an example that contributes to building national resilience and national resilience for energy. With regard to the operation of the power plant, we are conducting a follow-up study and will disclose the findings, abiding by the pollution prevention agreement concluded with Moka City in August 2019 and Tochigi Prefecture’s environmental impact assessment regulations.

Kobe Power Plant – No. 3 and No. 4 Units

After shutting down the upstream operations of the former Kobe Works in 2017, we are now constructing a 1,300 MW power plant on the site of the Works' blast furnace. A contract for power delivery was made with The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. in March 2015. We are aiming to start up the No. 3 unit in fiscal 2021 and the No. 4 unit in fiscal 2022. The new power plant will employ environmental equipment of the highest standards suitable for an urban power station, in addition to having cutting-edge, ultra-supercritical power generation equipment.

Power Plant Overview

Company name Kobelco Power Kobe, Inc. Kobelco Power Moka, Inc. Kobelco Power Kobe No. 2, Inc.
Location Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
(within the former Kobe Works)
Moka, Tochigi Prefecture
(adjacent to Moka Works)
Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture
(within the former Kobe Works)
Fuel Coal City gas Coal
Power generation capacity 1,400 MW
(700 MW x 2 units)
1,248 MW
(624 MW x 2 units)
1,300 MW
(650 MW x 2 units)
Power generation method Pulverized coal-fired, supercritical (SC) pressure power generation Gas turbine combined cycle (GTCC) Pulverized coal-fired, ultra-supercritical (USC) pressure power generation
Start of commercial operation No. 1 unit: Apr. 2002
No. 2 unit: Apr. 2004
No. 1 unit: Oct. 2019
No. 2 unit: Mar. 2020
No. 3 unit: Fiscal 2021 (planned)
No. 4 unit: Fiscal 2022 (planned)

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