Global Energy News Roundup: February 2

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

Fukushima Worker Sues Over Cancer

A Japanese court has begun hearing the case of a man who developed leukemia after working as a welder at the damaged Fukushima nuclear site. The plaintiff is the first person to be recognized by labor authorities as having an illness linked to the cleanup. He is suing Tepco, which operates the plant.

Source: BBC

Toshiba Reportedly to Exit Nuclear Business

With the losses of its Westinghouse unit approaching $6 billion, Toshiba is expected to officially announce later in February its plans to halt nuclear construction. Westinghouse will focus solely on designing nuclear reactors in the future, although it is expected to finish the construction of the two U.S. nuclear facilities already in progress.

Source: The Wall Street Journal 

GAO Report Critical of DOE Cost Estimates

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report asserting that a preliminary U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) estimate for disposing of high-level radioactive waste omitted billions of dollars in expected costs. It also questioned whether a plan was overly optimistic to have a national repository for commercial used nuclear fuel ready in 2048 and a repository for defense sites sooner.

Source: Tri-City Herald

Hitachi Projects Significant Loss 

At the beginning of the month, Hitachi officials forecast that it will take a ¥70 billion ($620 million) loss due to the withdrawal of joint venture GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy Inc. from a project to develop a new method of uranium enrichment. Hitachi plans to remain in the nuclear business and to pursue its project to build a plant in Britain.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun

Southern Nuclear Wins Industry Award

Southern Nuclear, in collaboration with South Carolina Electric & Gas was honored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with a Technology Transfer Award for the development and implementation of a project titled “Pilot plant application of risk-informed in-service inspection to new build fleet.” The project aimed to develop more informed operational and maintenance policies.

Source: PR Newswire