Bloomberg Anywhere Login


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

Showa Shell to Build 49-Megawatt Biomass Plant in Japan

Aug. 7 (Bloomberg) -- Showa Shell Sekiyu K.K., a Japanese refiner, will build a 49-megawatt biomass power plant south of Tokyo in Kanagawa prefecture as it expands it power generation business.

The plant, the first biomass project for the company, will be built on the site of the company’s former refinery and will begin operating in December 2015, Tokyo-based Showa Shell said in a statement today.

The company will invest about 16 billion yen ($164 million), Minoru Yagyuda, general manager of Showa Shell’s power business division, said today in a briefing. Woody biomass, mainly from North America, and palm kernel shells from Indonesia and Malaysia will be used to power the plant.

The location is convenient for ships to deliver fuel and is close to an area of major power use, according to the statement. Kanagawa is part of greater Tokyo in the southern Kanto region of Japan.

Showa Shell wholly owns Solar Frontier K.K., a maker of solar panels.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chisaki Watanabe in Tokyo at; Yuji Okada in Tokyo at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.