Japan faces criticism from environmentalists over its support for coal, the use of which has surged after the shutdown of nuclear reactors since the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
The J-Power’s plan was to build two 600 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power generation units in Takasago to start operations in 2021 and 2027. They were to replace two 250 MW units built in 1968 and 1969.
The company, instead, will continue to use the nearly 50-year-old power stations.
Japan is planning to build a wave of coal-fired power plants as it struggles with a nuclear industry which is still mostly shut down.
But growing concerns over climate change and the liberalisation of the power market have forced utilities to reevaluate their plans, leading to the scrapping of some coal-fired power projects over the past year.
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