Global Energy News Roundup: September 14

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’s Atomic Energy Commission Publishes Report Calling for More Nuclear Energy 

Japan’s Atomic Energy Commission published a 322 page “nuclear white paper” which states that nuclear power should remain a key part of Japan’s energy supply. Much of the report explains Japan’s government efforts to clean up the damaged Fukushima plant and also to increase nuclear power plant safety standards. Additionally, the report recommends having nuclear power account for 20% of Japan’s energy supply by 2030.  The report states that Japan’s economy has been negatively affected due to fossil fuel imports and slow reactor restarts.

Source: The Washington Post

Rolls-Royce Voices Support for SMR Development in the UK

Rolls-Royce and the company’s partners participated in a small modular reactor consortium in the United Kingdom while also releasing a report this week. The company asked the UK government to provide more clarity to the country’s nuclear power industry on its position on the deployment and development of small modular reactors (SMRs). Representatives from Rolls-Royce said that this is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for the UK to “design, manufacture and operate such reactors.” In its report, Rolls Royce and the company’s partners, which include Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Nuvia, and Nuclear ARMC, claim that a SMR program in the UK could provide 40,000 skilled jobs and also add $132 billion to the country’s economy.

Source: World Nuclear News

China and Cambodia Agree to Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy

Representatives from Cambodia and China signed a memorandum of understanding on the cooperation for peaceful use of nuclear energy. Officials from the two countries attending the 14th China-ASEAN Expo and the China-ASEAN Business and Investment Summit occurring in China’s Guangxi province this week. Of the signed memorandum, an official from China National Nuclear Corporation stated, “This is another important initiative of China National Nuclear Corporation in implementing the ‘One Belt, One Road’ strategy and strengthening cooperation with ASEAN countries in international production capacity, laying a solid foundation for follow-up cooperation between the two countries.”

Source: World Nuclear News

Nuclear Waste Storage Issue Expected to be Addressed by Congress this Fall

U.S. Representatives are set to address nuclear waste policy this fall, according to a spokesman for Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL). The congressman is sponsoring a bill titled the Nuclear Waste Policy Amendments Act of 2017 which is expected to make its way to the House floor in the coming months. The bill passed out of committee by a vote of 49-4 and aims to determine a permanent long-term storage site for nuclear  waste. The bill also establishes “first-step storage sites” that would be used for short-term storage.

Source: The Las Vegas Sun