implement a biomass power generation project using 100% unused woody materials,
making it the first project of its kind in Japan. New wood biomass power
generation facilities will be constructed at the Yatsushiro Mill (Yatsushiro,
Kumamoto) and launched as a new energy business from spring 2015.
The wood biomass power generation facilities to be newly constructed at the
Yatsushiro Mill will exclusively utilize unused woody materials such as timber
from forest thinning in the Kyushu region for fuel. By leveraging the cargo
collection networks of Nippon Paper Group subsidiaries Nanei Co., Ltd.
(President; Tatsuro Hamada, Head Office; Yatsushiro, Kumakoto) and Nippon Paper
Lumber Co., Ltd. (President; Masahiro Iwabuchi, Head Office; Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo),
Nippon Paper Industries will be able to utilize the feed-in tariff (FIT) system
for renewable energy in an advantageous way.
In addition, the power generation project will be able to make a
significant contribution to expanding the use of domestic forest materials to
achieve the goal of 50% woody material self-sufficiency presented in the Forest
and Forestry Industries Revitalization Plan which serves as the road map for
promptly revitalizing Japan’s forests and forestry industries.
Nippon Paper Industries to Introduce Japan’s First Biomass Power
Generation Project Utilizing 100% Unused Woody Materials at Yatsushiro Mill