Japanese papermakers to help utilities Tokyo Electric Power, Tohoku Electric Power fill post-earthquake power shortages, may supply up to 158 MW of electricity produced at their paper facilities

LOS ANGELES , May 20, 2011 () – Japanese paper companies may supply up to 158 megawattts of electricity to utilities Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) and Tohoku Electric Power Co. to help meet power shortages, said the chairman of the Japan Paper Association, according to Nikkei newspaper, ADP News reported May 20.

Chairman Kazuhisa Shinoda said the paper companies will be able to produce the extra electricity at their facilities located in areas of TEPCO and Tohoku operations.

The March 11 earthquake and tsunami damaged power-generating capacity at the two utilities, Tokyo-based TEPCO and Sendai, Japan-based Tohoku. The companies have had difficulties meeting demand for electricity since the disasters, and concerns are rising over possible increases in power use during a hot summer, ADP News reported.

TEPCO operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, which was the most hard-hit electricity facility. On Friday, TEPCO posted a net loss of 1.25 billion Japanese yen (US$15 billion). It was cited as the biggest loss outside the financial sector reported by a Japanese company.

The primary source of this article is ADP News, London, England, on May 20, 2011.

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