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.
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.