Challenges of TEPCO

  1. Energy & Resources

In 1969, TEPCO became the first importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Japan. Since then, our LNG import has expanded steadily considering its environmental advantages and supply stability. Currently, we import LNG from 9 LNG projects located in Alaska, Brunei, Das Island (the United Arab Emirates), Malaysia, Indonesia, North West Shelf (Australia), Qatar, Darwin (Australia), and Oman under long-term contracts. Furthermore, in 2008 we will begin importing LNG from Sakhalin, Russia.

In 2006, we imported approximately 17.5 million tons of LNG. Our LNG share equals nearly 27% of Japan's total LNG import and approximately 11% of the total LNG volume traded globally. We import liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) from the Das Island Project as well. The power output from these fuels accounts for about 70% of our total thermal power generation.

img01 Unit No.3 (500MW) of Group 1 in Kawasaki Thermal Power Plant began its operation from June 15th, 2007. The type of power generation facility is MACC (More Advanced Combined Cycle, 1,500°C class), which is improved type of ACC (Advanced Combined Cycle, 1,300°C class) existing in thermal power plants in Yokohama, Chiba, Futtsu, and Shinagawa. MACC achieved 59% (*) of the thermal efficiency, which is the world highest level. It is the first time to operate MACC in Japan. All units of Group 1 will begin operation in July 2009, and the total output will become 1,500 MW. (*) LHV: Lower Heating Value

TEPCO has implemented new LNG procurement policies in order to cope with these new market conditions.