Coal and Energy Solution Department /
Coal Supply & Logistics Section
A Safe, Steady Supply
As efforts to achieve decarbonization continue, reductions in coal-fired thermal-power generation are expected. Nonetheless, coal will continue to be an important source of safe and affordable energy. Idemitsu is involved in coal-mining operations in Australia and Indonesia, which ensures a stable supply of energy throughout Japan and Asia – even when unexpected situations arise. By efficiently utilizing available resources, Idemitsu will continue providing energy well suited to specific situations and requirements.
He Knows the Coal Business
“Idemitsu’s strength lies in its ability to cover all processes of the coal business,” asserts Sachio Shimose of the Coal and Energy Solution Department’s Procurement Section. He spent time as a mining engineer in Australia, and was later involved in the sales of coal to power companies and textile manufacturers in Japan. Indeed, Sachio is a rare asset with experience in all aspects of the coal business, including production, procurement, and sales. His experience is a valuable asset, for even amid calls for decarbonization, coal remains a vital source of energy.
In Australia, Sachio was involved in the creation of mining plans, as well as production management and GPS measurements for the acquisition of topographical data. At the mining sites, workers were from a variety of countries, and Sachio struggled with languages and other aspects of communication. “Of course, day-to-day conversations were a challenge, but communicating by wireless radio in the mines was especially difficult,” he recalls. Over time, he adapted to the local lifestyle, improving his communication skills by talking with his colleagues and attending gatherings on the weekends.
Experience and Empathy
Sachio is currently involved in the procurement of coal from Russia and Indonesia. Positioned between the sales staff and the coal suppliers, he sees that the requirements of each side are met, negotiating and coordinating so that customers get the most appropriate coal for their needs. In the process, he applies knowledge gained from experience in both mining and sales. “My own strength is that I can do the work with an understanding of the other person’s position,” he explains. Ultimately, his professional empathy helps ensure a stable supply of coal.
“Coal can be a pivotal source of energy in the event of an emergency,” Sachio declares. It is not affected by the weather, which is a significant issue for renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Moreover, there is a stable, low-cost supply of coal, and it can be procured from countries that are not subject to geopolitical risks. Ultimately, all forms of power have their advantages and disadvantages, and Idemitsu will continue to offer coal as an important energy alternative.