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Press Releases and Other Company News October 2009 Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan Press Conference with Chubu Electric Executive Vice President Akihisa Mizuno

October 8, 2009

Chubu Electric Power Co.,Inc.

Just this morning, Typhoon Melor (Typhoon No. 18) reached Aichi Prefecture. There were up to about 420,000 customers without power in the Chubu Electric Power service area as of 7:00 AM this morning. By noon, the number of customers without power was about 230,000, and we continue to make every effort to restore power as quickly as possible. We wish to express our sincerest condolences to those who have suffered because of this typhoon.

Chubu Electric Power strives to provide a stable supply of energy and conserve the global environment by implementing high-efficiency thermal power. Today, I would like to talk about two initiatives that are concrete examples of that.

  • Overview of construction of Joetsu Thermal Power Station
  • Preparation of fuel-related infrastructure

Overview of construction of Joetsu Thermal Power Station

  • First, I would like to give you an overview of construction of the Joetsu Thermal Power Station.
    Reference 1 "Overview of Joetsu Thermal Power Station"
  • With the understanding and support of the affected communities, Chubu Electric Power is building the Joetsu Thermal Power Station in Joetsu City, Niigata Prefecture. This will be our first thermal power station outside of the Chubu Region.
  • The Joetsu Thermal Power Station will run on liquefied natural gas (LNG) and use a combined-cycle power generation system, which combines gas turbines and steam turbines. The power output from Groups 1 and 2 together will amount to 2.38 million kW, or about 7% of the approximately 33 million kW from power generation facilities owned by Chubu Electric Power. Generating efficiency is forecast to be at least 57% (lower heating value standard), which will be the nation's highest level.
  • Construction on Joetsu Thermal Power Station Group No. 1 started in March 2007, with No. 2-1 starting construction in April 2008. These will come into commercial operation in succession between FY2012 and FY2014.
  • Presently, construction of LNG tanks, turbine buildings and other facilities is proceeding according to plan. Construction is 18.7% complete as of September 20, 2009.
  • At No. 1-1, scheduled to start commercial operation in July 2012, work is to begin October 10th, the day after tomorrow, to put the gas turbine in place.
  • Three 180,000 m3 LNG tanks are also to be built within the power station, and in November, the roof is to be air-raised on the second one.
  • The Joetsu Thermal Power Station will use a very efficient combined-cycle system that is forecast to reduce LNG usage by 600,000 tons per year and lower CO2 emissions by about 1.6 million tons per year.
  • Chubu Electric Power, following up on Shin-Nagoya Thermal Power Station Group No. 8, which began operation in October 2008, will steadily develop the Joetsu Thermal Power Station, thereby further raising the overall thermal efficiency of our thermal power stations, reducing the amount of fuel used to generate electricity, and lowering the resulting CO2 emissions.

Preparation of fuel-related infrastructure

  • Next, I'd like to talk about preparation of fuel-related infrastructure.
    Reference 2 "Overview of Fuel-Related Infrastructure"
  • Because Chubu Electric Power depends on LNG thermal power for about 45% of the total 140 billion kWh of electric power that we generate, we are preparing fuel-related facilities to support stable and flexible LNG procurement.
  • Specifically, we plan to lay gas pipelines across Ise Bay, reinforce LNG receiving docks to accept shipments from larger tankers, and add LNG tanks.
  • First, the gas pipelines we are laying across Ise Bay will be located within a shield tunnel on the floor of the bay, connecting Chubu Electric Power's Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and Toho Gas's Yokkaichi Factory in Mie Prefecture with the Chita LNG Terminal the two companies jointly operate in Aichi Prefecture. Connecting these facilities by pipelines will create a backup for the facilities and enable flexible and efficient operations, enhancing reliability of the supply of fuel to our thermal power station.
  • Work started in April 2008, while construction of the shield began in May of this year. We aim to complete the project around FY2013.
  • As for reinforcement of LNG receiving docks, our plan is to reinforce docks at the Kawagoe Thermal Power Station and Chita LNG Terminal so they can accommodate 200,000 m3-class supertankers.
  • Reinforcement of the dock at the Chita LNG Terminal finished on September 10th of this year and inspection and checking work is proceeding. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of FY2009. The dock inside Kawagoe Thermal Power Station is scheduled to begin construction in the second half of this fiscal year and be complete by the end of FY2010.
  • Finally, as for adding LNG tanks, our plans call for adding two new 180,000 m3 LNG tanks at Kawagoe Thermal Power Station. This work began in December 2007 and has a target completion date of about 2012.
  • Chubu Electric Power will continue to configure our equipment to achieve a balanced, ideal mix of energy sources, by for example developing nuclear power and implementing high-efficiency thermal power. At the same time, we will actively take the steps necessary to ensure stable and economic procurement of fuel.
    Through initiatives like these, we will seek to secure a stable supply of electric power while helping conserve the global environment.

That concludes my remarks for today.