Global Energy News Roundup: July 7

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


Japan Atomic Power, Hitachi to Build and Operate UK Reactors

Horizon Nuclear Power, Hitachi’s British subsidiary, plans to start up four to six reactors in the UK in the early 2020s. As Horizon has no experience running nuclear facilities, it requested Japan Atomic Power to partner in the project. This will be the first time a Japanese power company takes part in running nuclear plants overseas.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Ocean Radiation Levels Returning to Normal After Fukushima

According to a report from the Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research, radiation levels in the Pacific Ocean are rapidly returning to normal. According to Pere Masque, co-author of the review, “in 2011 about half of fish samples in coastal waters off Fukushima contained unsafe levels of radioactive material. However, by 2015 that number had dropped to less than 1 percent above the limit.” The report analyzed data from 20 studies of radioactivity associated with Fukushima, stretching all the way to the United States.

Source: The Japan Times

 Andrea Leadsom, Minister of State at the British Department of Energy and Climate Change


UK Energy Minister Underscores Importance of Nuclear Power

In a speech at the Utility Week Energy Summit about the Future of Energy in the UK Minister of State at the British Department of Energy and Climate Change Andrea Leadsom reiterated the important role of nuclear energy in the energy mix of the UK. The UK has 15 reactors generating about 21% of its electricity but almost half of this capacity is to be retired by 2025. The first of some 19 GWe of new-generation plants is expected to be on line by 2025 and the government aims to have 16 GWe of new nuclear capacity operating by 2030.  Leadsom stated that this is “why we are commissioning the first new nuclear power station in a generation, and working with developers, who have set out proposals to develop 18 GWe of new nuclear power stations at six sites across the UK”.

Source: World Nuclear News

Toshiba Head Reveals International Goals

Danny Roderick, President and CEO of Toshiba Corporation’s Energy Systems and Solutions Company, briefed investors on projected sales of the Westinghouse AP1000. In addition to eight reactors currently under construction in the U.S. and China, Toshiba aims to win contracts for at least 45 units by 2030. A deal for another six units in India is expected as early as 2017, in addition to expected contracts in Turkey and the U.S.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

German Nuclear Repository Report Submitted

The German commission looking into the storage of high-level radioactive waste has submitted its final report to the German government.   Currently, radioactive waste is stored in the interim with used fuel mostly stored at reactor sites, and most German used fuel is reprocessed overseas.  The report provides a recommended method for the disposal of the waste in a geologic repository.  The report suggests that the site should be selected with public participation and officials at the regional, inter-regional and national level.

Source: World Nuclear News