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Nov. 25 (Bloomberg) -- Electric Power Development Co., an independent Japanese electricity producer, halted its coal-fired Isogo thermal power plant in Yokohama because of a fire, spokesman Tetsuya Yoshida said.
The closure followed a fire that started on a conveyor belt at about 10 p.m. local time yesterday. The company, also known as J-Power, can’t say when the 1,200-megawatt station will be restarted, Yoshida said. Some of the four coal silos at the plant were burnt by the fire while boilers and generators at the Isogo station were undamaged, he said.
The fire, which spread to a coal-crushing facility and silos, was put out at 3:38 p.m., said Shigeru Hirayama, an official at the Isogo Fire Department. The blaze was contained using 42 fire trucks, two helicopters and one boat. Nobody was injured, he said.
“We will begin an investigation to find the cause of the fire with local police soon,” said Hirayama. “It is up to J- Power to decide when it restarts the power plant.”
Utilities including Tokyo Electric Power Co. are struggling to boost generating capacity following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March. Japan has 11 reactors, or about 20 percent, operating with a capacity of 9,864 megawatts, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.
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