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Japanese Electric Power Firms to Use LNG

Japanese electric power companies plan to establish eight plants fueled by liquefied natural gas in the next five years

Japanese electric power companies plan to establish eight plants fueled by liquefied natural gas in the next five years, a move aimed at slashing carbon dioxide emissions, a report said Sunday.

Of the projected LNG-burning power plants, four will be newly-built and four will be converted from plants that currently use coal or petrol as fuel, the leading business daily Nikkei reported.

Thermal power plants -- either coal, gas or oil -- account for nearly 30 percent of all emissions of carbon dioxides and other greenhouse gases in the country, the Nikkei said.

As LNG contains less carbon than other types of energy, an LNG power plant emits 40-50 percent less carbon dioxide than a coal-burning unit and 20-30 percent less than an oil-fired facility, the report said.