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Wood Pellet Import In Japan Will Increase
« on: March 03, 2020, 10:00:06 AM »
Japan recently submitted a report to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Overseas Agriculture Bureau Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN), pointed out that Japan had imported 347,000 tons of wood chips for heating last year, which breaks the highest record before. Imports of wood pellets are likely to increase in the coming years because the trend of mixing wood pellets with coal for thermal power generation is expected to continue, and the number of small and medium-scale biomass power facilities which use wood materials (including wood pellets and PKS) is increasing under the FIT system.

According to the report, Japanís FIT incentive for the generation of electricity from biomass has driven a rapid increase in demand for biomass, including domestic and imported wood pellets, and the import of palm kernel shells (PKS).  Although Japan has abundant biomass resources, it is unable to harvest and transport those resources economically.  Imports of wood pellets and PKS are therefore likely to increase in the coming years as existing coal thermal power plants are able to co-fire with wood pellets or PKS. The report also noted that Japan is considering establishing its own standards to address concerns about environmental sustainability criteria for biomass products.

In 2015, Japanís production of wood pellets was 120,000 MT, and there were 142 biomass pellet plants. Most of Japanese pellet plants scales are very small, with an annual capacity of 100-1000 tons. The production of wood pellets in 2015 decreased by 4.8% from the previous year as demands for heating decreased. According to an industry source, production of wood pellets in 2018 is expected to recover to record-high 2014 levels as the use of cogeneration units running on wood pellets.

In 2016, Japanís imports of wood pellets increased 49% from the previous year to 347 thousand MT.  Of these, 261,000 MT, or 75%, were imported from Canada, followed by Vietnam (18%) and China (6%).
Japan has a zero import tariff for PKS.  Imports of PKS as well as wood pellets are expected to increase for years to come.
SIMEC has built several wood pellet projects in Southeast Asia this year. 50% of the new projects will export wood pellets to Japan.
Southeast Asian countries have the natural advantages of producing and exporting biomass wood pellets. With rich raw material resources, policy support, and huge overseas market,  investment in wood pellet project will have a high economic return.
SIMEC is committed to the development and manufacture of biomass processing equipment, including crushing, drying, pelleting, cooling and packaging. We can supply complete biomass pellet plant.
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