Global Energy News Roundup: March 24

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.

Ikata_Nuclear_PowerplantIkata 3 Passes Safety Screenings
The No. 3 reactor at Ikata nuclear power plant cleared regulators’ safety screenings, paving the way for its restart as early as July. Shikoku Electric Power Co. intends to apply for on-site inspection by the NRA, which is the next necessary step that the reactor must pass, within the next few days.
Source: Japan Today

India, France Sign Nuclear MOU
India and France have signed an MOU for the construction of six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur in Maharashtra. The pact was signed at the end of a visit by an EDF delegation to Mumbai to hold discussions with National Power Corporation of India Ltd. Previously, the heads of both countries had agreed to conclude techno-commercial negotiations for the Jaitapur project by the end of 2016. The agreement emphasizes a “Make in India” component, which means that it will also include transfer of rights on technology as mutually agreed on by the parties. The project will consist of six 1650 MW European Pressurized Reactors (EPR).
Source: The Economic Times

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Safety Inspections Prolonged
Safety checks on the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plant are set to be extended. The NRA’s secretariat reported that Tepco is not yet ready to undergo an examination of the company’s new method for assessing the degree of quake-resistance at the plant. Tepco originally applied for safety checks at the plant nearly two and a half years ago.
Source: The Japan Times

Exelon and Pepco Finalize Merger
Regulators in Washington, DC approved a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest publicly-held utility in the country. The sale affects about 2 million customers previously served by Pepco Holdings, most of whom will likely see higher electricity rates. Proponents argue that the deal “was in the public interest” as the utilities will deposit $72.8 million in a customer investment fund, allocate $11.25 million for energy efficiency and conservation programs for low-income residents, and set aside $21.55 million for pilot projects such as grid modernization.
Source: The Washington Post

 Fukushima Waste Incinerator Starts Up
A facility for incinerating miscellaneous solid low-level waste has begun operating at Fukushima Daiichi. The incinerator will be used for disposing of items such as used protective clothing and construction waste. Construction was undertaken by Kobelco, under contract from Tepco, beginning in May 2013 and finishing in November 2015. The facility is intended to reduce the volume of radioactive waste “to one several tenth or less.”
Source: World Nuclear News