Sumitomo to build 50 MW biomass plant in Japan

By Anna Simet | October 02, 2015

Sumitomo Corp. has made public plans to construct a 50-MW wood biomass power plant in Sakata City, Yamagata Prefecture through its wholly owned subsidiary Summit Energy Corp.

Sumitomo already owns and operates two other biomass power plants—the 50-MW Itoigawa Biomass Power Plant, which came online in 2005, and the 75-MW Handa Biomass Power Plant, which is slated to begin commercial operations by June 2017.

With the addition of the Sakata plant, Summit Energy will become one of the largest biomass power plant owners and operators in Japan, according to Sumitomo.

The company plans to construct the plant in the Sakata Rinkai Industrial Park located adjacent to the Port of Sakata, and said biomass fuel will be procured through Sumitomo Corp.’s materials, supplies and real estate division, which has expertise in handling Japanese wood chips, imported wood pellets, and other renewable fuels. Fuels will include locally procured wood materials and timber off-cuts from around the Yamagata Prefecture, as well as imported materials.

Total project costs are expected to be about 25 billion yen ($208 million). Construction is slated to begin in June 2016, with commercial operation estimated for May 2018.