September 3, 2008

Existing Power Capacity Seen Enough for Maglev Shinkansen

Tokyo, Sept. 3 (Jiji Press)--Central Japan Railway Co. has estimated that its planned magnetic levitation, or maglev, Shinkansen line, linking Tokyo and Osaka, will not require the building of new power plants, Jiji Press learned Wednesday.

The Nagoya-based railway operator, better known as JR Tokai, expects the new line to consume electricity equivalent to up to one pct of the combined output capacity of Tokyo Electric Power Co. , Chubu Electric Power Co. and Kansai Electric Power Co. , or power utilities serving the new line's operational areas, informed sources said.

As of March 2006, the output capacity of the three power utilities totaled 130 million kilowatts. One pct of this amount, or 1.3 million kilowatts, is equivalent to the capacity of a large nuclear power plant.

But the electricity supply plans of the three utilities include excess capacity of 8 pct even during the summer peak season, so power supplies for the new line can be covered by existing facilities.

JR Tokai plans to start operating the new line between Tokyo and Nagoya in 2025, aiming to expand it to Osaka later.

The new line will use a strong electromagnetic force to elevate the trains, which will run at speeds of 500 kilometers per hour. The new line has thus been expected to require the building of several new nuclear plants.END

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