Monthly Archives: March 2015

JFE Engineering to build USD-123 million biomass plant in Aichi prefecture

JFE Engineering will construct a biomass plant in Aichi prefecture of central Japan worth JPY-14.8-billion (USD 123m/EUR 101m). The Japanese firm has joined hands with local builder Kajima Corp and two other partners to win the contract from the city of Toyohashi.

A new company will be formed under the joint venture to construct and operate the biomass plant.

JFE will hold 60% in the joint entity. However, the financial details of engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) are not yet disclosed.

JFE had already secured another contract to build a 50-MW biomass power plant in Oita prefecture for Japanese power supplier Erex Co in September 2014.

Sewage and food waste will be used in the biomass plant. The electricity produced is expected to be sold under Japan’s renewable power feed-in tariffs (FiTs). Japan’s FiT scheme was introduced in 2012 to boost the use of renewable sources of energy in the country and help reduce its dependence on nuclear energy.

The country has added 90 MW of biomass power capacity between July 2012 and end-April 2014, as per data from the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy (ANRE).

More on Japan’s biomass power markets will be discussed at Japan Biomass Power Market on 19-20 May, 2015 in Tokyo.

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North American pellet exports to Asia may rise in 2015

North America – a primary wood pellet exporter to Europe and Asia – has witnessed a new record high exports in the third quarter of 2014, following a stable first half of the year. North American wood pellet exports increased manifold to Asia. But the region’s export to Europe rose only marginally. This is a new trend, as until 2014 over 95 percent of the wood pellets from the US and Canada were exported to Europe.

In 2014, Canadian exports to Asia grew, with pellet plants in British Columbia shipping record volumes to South Korea during the Q3 of 2014 (reported in the North American Wood Fiber Review).

For six consecutive quarters, export volumes to Asia have registered a more positive trend, marked by increased shipments. In 2015 British Columbia’s pellet shipments are likely to remain stable. The province is planning commercial operation at the first of the five announced pellet mills in late 2015 or early 2016 with plans to add over 800,000 tons of pellet capacity in the province during the 2015/16 period. British Colombia is eyeing South Korea as the main target market.

Wood pellets demand and supply trends will be a top focus at CMT’s flagship summit – 6th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power on 14-16 September, 2015 in Seoul.

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