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Idemitsu to invest $5 bln in next 3 years to drive energy transition

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Idemitsu to invest $5 bln in next 3 years to drive energy transition

Japan's No.2 oil refiner Idemitsu Kosan Co will invest 690 billion yen ($5 billion) over the next three years to March 2026 to step up its energy transition while scaling down fossil fuel assets to tackle climate change. - Reuters

Under a new three-year business plan starting next April, Idemitsu aims to lower the contribution from fossil fuel businesses to 70% of total profit from 95% now.

To boost profits from non-fossil fuel segments, Idemitsu plans to spend 290 billion yen in cleaner fuels such as sustainable aviation fuel and ammonia as well as lithium solid electrolytes among others.

Our plan is to reduce fossil fuel business assets by 20% by 2030 through streamlining refineries and other operations.

President Shunichi Kito told a news conference

Another 130 billion yen will be spent to reinforce its mainstay businesses such as petroleum, functional materials and resources, while 270 billion yen will be used for operational maintenance.

To cope with an estimated 20% fall in domestic fuel demand by 2030, Idemitsu plans to reduce its refinery capacity by 300,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) to 650,000 bpd by 2030 from 2022.

It is scheduled to terminate refining operation at Seibu Oil's Yamaguchi plant by March 2024, reducing 120,000 bpd capacity.

Last week, Idemitsu lifted its annual profit forecast by 16% thanks to higher prices of thermal coal and the yen's plunge.

Despite surging coal prices, Idemitsu is sticking to its strategy not investing in new coal mines. Idemitsu owns stakes in three coal mines in Australia, but the operation of two of them will end soon, leaving only the Boggabri mine.

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