Kyushu Electric Eyes World's Biggest Lettuce Factory

Economy

Fukuoka, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> said Wednesday it is considering setting up the world's largest factory to produce chemical-free lettuce in the southwestern Japan prefecture of Fukuoka.

The factory would be built on unused space within the compound of a power station in the city of Buzen if judged feasible.

The feasibility study will finish by March 2020. Construction would begin in fiscal 2021, and operation the next year.

Kyushu Electric will launch a company in collaboration with affiliate Kyudenko Corp. <1959>, leasing firm Tokyo Century Corp. <8439> and Kyoto-based Spread Co., which has technologies to manage vegetable factories.

The lettuce factory would have a daily production capacity of 5 tons, with annual sales seen at one billion yen. About 80 jobs would be created.

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