Japan’s 10 major power utilities increased their use of coal by 21%, while consuming 31% less fuel oil and 24% less crude oil between April and September than last year.
In the six month period, the consumption of coal by the Japanese power utilities rose 20.9% year on year to a record 28.90 million t, surpassing the previous record of 25.82 million t in the same period in 2008, according to data released by the Federation of Electric Power Companies (FEPC).
Consumption of crude oil stood at 173,956 bpd, a decrease of 23.7% from last year, while the figures for fuel oil showed a total of 181,785 bpd, down 30.9%, according to FEPC statistics.
The Japanese power utilities' collective consumption of crude and fuel oil totalled 355,741 bpd over the April-September period, down 27.5% from 2012.
Japan's oil demand for power generation has dramatically fallen this year as Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), the country's biggest consumer of oil for power generation, has cut its oil use after commencing test runs at two coal fired units with a combined 1.6 GW capacity at Hitachinaka and Hirono.
FEPC data also highlighted that the Japanese power utilities used 27.05 million t of LNG over the same period, down 1.6% from their record usage of 27.50 million t in 2012.
The combined purchase of coal totalled 29.18 million t, up 20.8% from last year.
Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward
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