Global Energy News Roundup: May 18

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 to Restart Fourth Takahama Nuclear Reactor After Fukushima Disaster

The Takahama Nuclear Power Plant resumed the operations of its fourth nuclear reactor on May 17. The Takahama Nuclear Power Plant was shut down after the Fukushima nuclear event in March 2011. Thus far, three of the nuclear reactors have been restarted. The reactor will go through several tests after May 22 and is expected to enter commercial operation in mid-June.

Source: Sputnik News

Draft Proposal of DOE’s Budget Shows Cuts to Nuclear and Renewable Energy Departments

According to the media company Axios, a draft proposal from the Trump administration aims to cut the Energy Department’s renewable and energy efficiency program by almost 70%. Axios also reported that the administration is asking for a 31% cut to the DOE’s nuclear energy office. As of now, this is a draft proposal and no further action has been taken by the Trump administration.

Source: The Hill, Axios

Westinghouse Relinquishes Control of Vogtle Project

Late last week an agreement was made that will allow Southern Co. to take over the bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Co.’s nuclear project in Georgia. This will allow the expansion work to continue at the nuclear plant site, known as Plant Vogtle. Company executives have not guaranteed that the plant will stay nuclear, saying that “all options are on the table” including finishing the reactors, converting the reactors to natural gas or bringing the project to a stop.

Source: E&E News

General Fusion, Microsoft Team Up on Data Analysis

In an effort to accelerate the development of fusion as a clean energy source, Canada’s General Fusion is working with Microsoft to build a new platform allowing for access to increased amounts of data. This will allow for General Fusion to complete their “development program and make practical fusion energy a near-term reality.”

Source: World Nuclear News

Argentina and China Sign Contract for Two Reactors

On May 18 Argentina and China signed a deal that will allow China to supply Argentina with two nuclear power reactors.  The construction will begin on the first reactor in 2018, followed by construction of the second reactor beginning in 2020. The agreement was signed during a meeting between China’s president Xi Jinping and Argentinean president Mauricio Macri.

Source: World Nuclear News