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
IAEA Publishes Nuclear Report
The IAEA published the 2016 edition of “Nuclear Power Reactors in the World,” its annual report on the global state of nuclear power generation. The report indicates that ten new reactors were connected to the grid in 2015, the most brought online in one year since 1990. As of December 31, 2015, 441 reactors were operational worldwide, with a net capacity of 382,855 MW.
Strike Cuts French Nuclear Power Capacity
Nuclear plant workers joined a nationwide slew of strikes in France, protesting a controversial labor reform bill. Members of the powerful CGT union at nuclear power plants voted to join, stating that the 24 hour shutdown would affect 16 of France’s 19 nuclear stations. The grid operator reported that the strikes cut 4,000 MW of nuclear power capacity.
Source: BBC, Reuters
South Korea, China to Explore Nuclear Energy Partnership
South Korea and China are slated to hold high-level talks on nuclear energy cooperation, with the 13th bilateral Nuclear Power Joint Committee meeting in Beijing. The two sides aim mainly to explore possibilities for promoting partnerships in research and development, with South Korea planning to propose cooperation on R&D related to risk assessment and radiation measurement.
Source: The Korea Times
Two Exelon Plants Fail to Clear Capacity Auction
Exelon Corp. announced that the Quad Cities nuclear plant in Illinois and the Three Mile nuclear plant in Pennsylvania did not clear the PJM capacity auction for the 2019-2020 year. Previously, Exelon announced that it would close Quad Cities if it did not clear the auction, and this is the second consecutive year that Three Mile Island 1 has not cleared the auction. This development therefore increases the possibility that both plants could face early closure.
Source: Power Engineering, Business Wire
GE-Hitachi Announces Partnership with Rosatom for US Fueling
Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF), a nuclear fuel supplier jointly owned by General Electric and Hitachi, has announced a partnership with Rosatom’s TVEL Fuel. This collaboration will allow GNF to supply both of boiling water reactors (BWR) and pressurized water reactors (PWR). Currently, the Japanese supplier only serves the needs of BWRs, but with this partnership, it aims to penetrate deeper in the American market, which is approximately 60% PWRs. GNF aims to have PWR fuel supply deals in six to eight years.
Source: Nikkei Asian Review, NuclearStreet