Global Energy News Roundup: January 3

The Forum on Energy weekly news roundup brings together a mix of global energy stories from around the web. It is published every Thursday morning on Forum on Energy and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy.

Japan PM: Energy Future to Include New Nuclear Reactors
Japan’s energy future will likely include new nuclear reactors, according to newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prime Minister Abe announced his intention to push for the development of new reactors in a televised interview. “They will be completely different from those at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant,” said Abe, according to The New York Times, adding “With public understanding, we will be building anew.” Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) took power in the country’s recent national election. The previous government had vowed to end Japan’s nuclear energy production by 2040. Prime Minister Abe’s remarks conflicts withthe LDP platform’s stated  goal “to establish an economy and society that does not need to rely on nuclear power.”
Source: The New York Times

NNSA Leads Emergency Training Program in Taiwan
Experts from the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) recently led two nuclear emergency management training sessions for emergency responders and other government agencies in Taiwan. The courses included training on the Spectral Advanced Radiological Computer System and an International Training Course on Consequence Management. NNSA is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. NNSA’s Office of Emergency Operations works with more than 80 foreign governments and 10 international organizations. “This training continues to demonstrate NNSA’s commitment to the international community by emphasizing the importance of emergency response,” said Joseph Krol, NNSA Associate Administrator for Emergency Operations, in a statement. Instituting emergency response best practices around the world will enable a safe, secure future for nuclear power.
Source: Government Security News

Abe Tours Fukushima Daiichi, Speaks on Japan’s Nuclear Future
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently toured Fukushima Daiichi, which is still recovering from the effects of the earthquake,tsunami, and nuclear accident that struck  in March 2011. “The massive work toward decommissioning is an unprecedented challenge in human history,” he said, according to Taipei Times. “Success in the decommissioning will lead to the reconstruction of Fukushima and Japan.” Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party took power in the country’s December elections, replacing the government which had pledged to end the country’s use of nuclear energy by 2040.
Sources: ABC News, Taipei Times

U.S., South Korea Nearing Agreement on Joint Nuclear Research
The United States and South Korea have unofficially completed talks on sharing technology as part of joint research on the dry processing of user nuclear fuel. Both sides must now review and approve the negotiations, with official talks planned to start in March. The nuclear energy agreement between the two countries will expire in 2014.
Source: KBS World

Toshiba Looking to Sell a Stake in Westinghouse
In response to the changing global market for nuclear energy, Japan’s Toshiba Corp. is in discussions with three groups to sell off as much as 16 percent of its Westinghouse Electric atomic-power unit. The sale calls into question the future of the nuclear energy market. “The situation surrounding nuclear power has changed since the time Toshiba bought Westinghouse, with an increased production in shale gas in the U.S. and an impact from Fukushima in Japan,” said Yuichi Ishida, an analyst at Mizuho Investors Securities Co., according to Bloomberg.
Source: Bloomberg