Thursday, August 8, 2019

Japan: Construction of 6.5 MW Hokkaido Geothermal Power Plant to Begin

ORIX to Begin Construction of 6.5 MW Geothermal Power Plant in Hokkaido (News Release)

Commercial operations planned for early spring, 2022

An impression of the completed power plant (Courtesy ORIX Corporation)
ORIX Corporation announced today that it will begin construction of the Minami-Kayabe Geothermal Power Plant (name to be confirmed) in the Minami-Kayabe region of Hakodate City, Hokkaido. The power plant will have a generation capacity of 6,500 kW (6.5 MW), and will be the largest binary cycle geothermal power plant in Japan.

ORIX was selected to receive subsidies for geothermal power generation in the Minami-Kayabe region from Japan Oil, Gas, and Metals National Corporation (JOGMEC), thanks to the cooperation of local parties; since 2014, ORIX has carried out surveys into geothermal resources and into the possible impact on hot springs and the environment. Now, the company is set to begin construction of a geothermal power plant on municipal land, with the goal of completing construction and commencing commercial operations in early spring, 2022.