Global Energy News Roundup: January 10


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.

Proposed Nuclear Measures Would Improve Safety; Take Years and Billions of Yen to Implement
Proposed safety measures from the Nuclear Regulation Authority would improve Japan’s ability to manage radiation leaks in the event of everything from natural disasters to plane crashes and terrorist attacks. The new measures feature a requirement that facilities build emergency cooling facilities about 100 meters from reactors to back up the main cooling systems. The final measures are scheduled to be approved in July. If all the proposed measures are approved, it will likely take many years and tens of billions of yen to bring all fifty of the country’s existing reactors up to the new standards.
Source: Nikkei

Turkey Soon to Decide on Group to Build Second Reactor Near Sinop
The Turkish government says sometime this month it will select the winning bid to build a second nuclear power plant near the city of Sinop, along the Black Sea. China, Japan, South Korea and Canada have all been in discussions to build the reactor, but Turkish official Taner Yildiz  recently said “Far Eastern” countries were more likely to win the bid.
Source: FOCUS Information Agency

States, Utilities Pushing NRC to Finish Review of Yucca Mountain
A collection of states, utility regulators and the Nuclear Energy Institute are calling on a federal appeals court to make the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) finish reviewing the Yucca Mountain repository. The NRC has said it lacks the funds to do so. “Because the decision as enunciated by the nation’s representatives and recorded in the Nuclear Waste Policy Act has not been altered, the NRC’s obligations to move forward on the license application, using the funding provided by law, should be enforced,” wrote the petitioners, according to E&E. Congressman John Shimkus (R, Illinois-15) has said that the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, which he chairs, will work to make sure the NRC and the U.S. Department of Energy carry out the Nuclear Waste Policy Act.
Sources: E&E (Subscription only), shimkus.house.gov

About Half of Japanese Cities Near Nuclear Reactors Support Restarts
A small majority of Japanese cities near nuclear power plants — 54 percent — are in favor of restarting reactors once they are deemed safe by the government. The survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper also found 18 percent would not support the restarts and 28 percent wouldn’t commit either way. Newly elected Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has come out in support of utilizing nuclear energy as a means to help improve Japan’s economy.
Source: Japan Today

TEPCO’s Plan to Use Fossil Fuels Drawing Criticism over Greenhouse Gases
Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s plan to use fossil thermal power sources is causing major concerns about future greenhouse gas levels. Energy sources such as coal are a major contributor to carbon dioxide emissions, which the country has been working to reduce. Japan’s utilities have seen a gap in energy production since all fifty of the country’s reactors were shut down after the accident at Fukushima Daiichi. Critics also question whether Japan will need the additional energy production in the coming years. “This coal-fired thermal power project has nothing to do with electricity demand for the immediate period and toward the future, and there should be no need to boost supplies by 2.6 million kilowatts,” said a government source, according to Electric Light & Power.
Source: Electric Light & Power