Tokyo and Regina, October 19, 2016 – Japan Coal Energy Centre (JCOAL), Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI) and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS) (jointly called “Japanese Consortium”), together with The International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre)*, are pleased to announce a collaboration on a study to jointly assess the feasibility of the potential application of Japanese technologies in future CCUS (Carbon, Capture, Utilization and Storage) projects in Saskatchewan.

The collaboration, which is sponsored by Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), is intended to show how Japanese technologies could improve CCS (Carbon Capture System) and AQCS (Air Quality Control System) applications for CCUS projects in Saskatchewan, as well as identify potential global applications of these technologies.

CCS has been identified as a key technology which is required to meet international targets for climate change. Through this project, the Japanese Consortium aims to optimize a CCS application with AQCS from the technical and commercial aspects, in order to meet with the requirements in Saskatchewan and contribute to carbon emission reduction in Canada.

Saskatchewan has been chosen as the reference location for this project because the province has established CCS expertise, and also because the Knowledge Centre has access to SaskPower’s experience in carbon capture, which would be applicable to the study.

JCOAL is a one-stop organization from coal mining to utilization, operated under supervision of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). JCOAL is supported by its members - companies and organizations in a wide range of coal related businesses, such as coal mining, power production, steel manufacturing, engineering and technical advisory services, and other heavy industrial and trading businesses. JCOAL is in charge of coordinating the overall report based on the input from relevant members.

MHI’s CO2 capture technology, known as the KM CDR Process®, uses proprietary KS-1™, a high-performance solvent for CO2 absorption and desorption that was jointly developed by MHI and the Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.  Compared with other CO2 capture technologies, the KM CDR Process® uses significantly less energy. Its outstanding performance is highly regarded, and the process has been adopted in eleven (11) operating CO2 capture plants plus two (2) plants currently under construction in USA and Japan.

MHPS is a joint venture formed in 2014 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd., integrating their operations in thermal power generation systems. MHPS has a 45-year cooperative relationship with the Province of Saskatchewan in the power generation field and has provided power generation equipment in the region. MHPS is responsible for Flue Gas Desulfurization (FGD) in the study project, utilizing a proven track record of supply of over 300 FGD systems to thermal power plants around the world for the removal of sulfur dioxide (SO2) from flue gas.

* The International CCS Knowledge Centre is a not for profit organization that is an initiative of BHP Billiton and SaskPower. It aims to advance CCS through the sharing of information relating to SaskPower’s carbon capture projects. The Centre is located in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.


Michiaki Harada, Japan Coal Energy Center
Tel: +81-(0)3-6402-6103, Fax: +81-(0)3-6402-6110

Daniel Lochmann, PR Director, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Tel: +81-(0)3-6716-2168, Fax: +81-(0)3-6716-5860

Debbie Kajati, The International CCS Knowledge Centre
Tel: 306-565-KNOW (5669), Fax: 306-566-5668

About Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), headquartered in Tokyo, is one of the world’s leading industrial firms with 80,000 group employees and annual consolidated revenues of around 38 billion U.S. dollars. For more than 130 years, the company has channeled big thinking into innovative and integrated solutions that move the world forward. MHI owns a unique business portfolio covering land, sea, sky and even space. MHI delivers innovative and integrated solutions across a wide range of industries from commercial aviation and transportation to power plants and gas turbines, and from machinery and infrastructure to integrated defense and space systems.

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About Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS), headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, is a joint venture formed in February 2014 by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. and Hitachi, Ltd. integrating their operations in thermal power generation systems and other related businesses. MHPS today ranks among the world's leading suppliers of equipment and services to the power generation market, backed by 100 billion yen in capital and approximately 20,000 employees worldwide. The company’s products include GTCC (gas turbine combined-cycle) and IGCC (integrated coal gasification combined-cycle) power plants, conventional gas/coal/oil-fired (thermal) power plants, boilers, generators, gas and steam turbines, geothermal power plants, power plant peripheral equipment and solid-oxide fuel cells (SOFC). For more information, please visit the company’s website at