Global Energy News Roundup: February 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 and is available on Twitter via @forumonenergy

Two Reactors Clear Japanese Safety Review

The Nuclear Regulation Authority effectively determined that two units at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear power plant have met Japan’s post-Fukushima safety standards. After soliciting public opinion, the NRA is expected to give its final approval as early as April. Oi No. 3 and 4 are planned to restart as early as this summer, after Kansai Electric takes disaster-prevention measures such as construction of a seawall.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Toshiba Claims Ignorance in Potential Westinghouse Bankruptcy Filing

Toshiba, responding media reports, said it was not aware that its U.S. nuclear unit Westinghouse was considering filing for Chapter 11 protection from creditors, which could jeopardize the entire group, according to analysts.

Source: Reuters

Japanese Companies May Postpone Integration

Hitachi Ltd., Toshiba Corp., and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. reportedly may put off the proposed integration of their nuclear fuel operations, which was expected as early as this spring. Discussions have reportedly not progressed as planned on which operational facilities the three companies should scrap and integrate.

Source: The Japan Times

Vogtle Operation Dates Postponed

Commercial operation dates for Vogtle units 3 and 4 have been pushed back to December 2019 and September 2020 respectively, according to Southern Company. These dates are six and three months later than previously anticipated.

Source: World Nuclear News