Global Energy News Roundup: January 26

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


U.S. Energy Secretary Speaks from World Economic Forum in Davos

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry spoke from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week and described President Trump’s energy agenda as “world-changing” which will spread “freedom around the globe.” Secretary Perry went on to say that the U.S. is “exporting to our allies in Europe the opportunity to truly have a choice of where do you buy your energy from. That’s freedom. And that kind of freedom is priceless.” His comments are an optimistic viewpoint and should send a signal to the Chinese government, which has been working to export its energy technology, especially through nuclear energy development.

Source: The Hill

Russia and Argentina Work Together on Uranium Exploration and Mining

Russia and Argentina have officially signed a memorandum of understanding for uranium exploration and mining in Argentina. Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying that “The signing of the memorandum seeks to position Argentina as a global uranium producer in the region and to fully satisfy Argentine demand for this metal from now on, until UrAmerica starts its own production and our country gradually becomes self-sufficient in uranium.” UrAmerica is a Buenos Aires based uranium exploration company. Following the agreement, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin said that Rosatom, Russia’s nuclear regulatory body, is proposing a nuclear power plant of Russian design in Argentina based on the latest and safest technological standards.”

Source: World Nuclear News

Small Modular Reactors Highlighted in New Report from Great Britain

A new report from Policy Exchange describes small modular reactors as playing a crucial role in the effort to reduce carbon emissions throughout the energy system in Great Britain. The report highlights how the smaller reactors can provide a carbon free source of energy for the electricity grid and district heating networks. The report was published by the Energy and Environment Unit at Policy Exchange, which received support from Rolls-Royce.

Source: Utility Week

Fukui Japan Looks to Build More Nuclear Reactors

Fukui Japan is home to 13 commercial nuclear reactors and is known as Japan’s nuclear power capital. The prefecture is looking to protect this reputation. Even though 5 Fukui reactors are scheduled to be decommissioned by 2050, Fukui’s government is working to build more reactors. According to the article, earlier this month the Governor of Fukui, Issei Nishikawa, met with the presidents of both Kepco and the Japan Atomic Power Company. During the meeting, the Governor discussed building new reactors in Fukui and replacing decommissioned reactors with new ones. However, the leadership must work to regain the public’s trust of nuclear reactors after the Fukushima accident took place. A survey taken in October by Fukui Shimbun found that 49.8% of respondents favored exiting from nuclear power use.

Source: The Japan Times