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Japan To Build 45 New Coal-Fired Power Plants

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ABC News

The Japanese government is moving ahead with its plans to build up to 45 new coal fired power stations.

Japan is the largest overseas market for Australian coal producers, taking more than a third of all exports.

Tom O’Sullivan, a Tokyo based energy consultant with Mathyos Global Advisory, said in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011, Japan started importing more liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Australia.

But he said the move to more coal fired power was because coal was cheaper than LNG, and the energy security was priority for the government.

“Japan needs to import 95 per cent of all its energy sources,” he said.

“So it’s trying to diversify its fuel sources and it doesn’t want to be too reliant on any one market.”

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