Global Energy News Roundup: November 30

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 Nuclear Power Plants in Japan Delay Restarts

On Thursday Kansai Electric Power Co. announced that it is delaying the restart of two of its reactors at the Ohi nuclear station, which is west of Tokyo. The restart has been delayed by two months so that checks can be completed on the equipment. Kyushu Electric Power Co. also announced that it will be delaying the restart of its Genkai station state by two months. The Genkai station is located in southwestern Japan. The delays have been implemented so that safety checks can be completed on Kobe Steel parts, whose leadership admitted earlier this year to falsifying product quality data.

Sources: Nikkei Asian Review, Reuters

Two Japanese Reactors Will Restart in January

On Monday of this week Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa gave his permission to restart two reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant, signifying the local economy’s dependency on nuclear power.  At a press conference, Governor Nishikawa stated that the nuclear plant will “have a (positive) impact on the medical, agriculture and fisheries industries.” The reactors are set to go online in January.

Source: Japan Times

South Korea and the UK Agree to Extend Nuclear Cooperation

Government officials of the United Kingdom and South Korea have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation in nuclear which calls for increased collaboration between the two countries in the construction of new nuclear power plants as well as the decommissioning of older plants.

Source: World Nuclear News

Pakistan and China Agree to Nuclear Cooperation Agreement

Pakistan and China agreed last week to a cooperation agreement allowing China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC) to “build a one-million-kilowatt-class nuclear power unit with HPR1000 technology at the Chashma Nuclear Power Plant in Pakistan.” The reactor will officially be the seventh nuclear power unit which Pakistan imported from China and the third HPR1000.

Source: World Nuclear News