Global Energy News Roundup: April 5

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 Restarts 7th Reactor with 2 More Expected Restarts by July

Japan is restarting operation of unit 3 at the Genkai nuclear power plant in the country’s Saga prefecture. Commercial operation of the reactor is expected to resume sometime this month. According to the article “Genkai 3 is the seventh of Japan’s 42 operable reactors which have so far cleared inspections confirming they meet the new regulatory safety standards and resumed operation.” An additional 17 reactors have applied for permission to restart. At this rate, it is expected that around 20% of Japan’s power generation will come from nuclear energy by 2030.

Source: Next Big Future

Rokkasho Safety Checks Set to Resume

Checks are set to resume for the Rokkasho reprocessing plant in Aomori Prefecture. Rokkasho will be Japan’s first commercial reprocessing plant and is designed to hold 800 tons of spent nuclear fuel per year. 8 tons of plutonium would be extracted to reuse as nuclear fuel. Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd. initially applied for a safety assessment in 2014 so that it could meet stricter standards put in place following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident. However, last August the assessment faced a setback when about 800 liters of rainwater was found inside a building at the power plant that housed key emergency power sources because of aging infrastructure. Rokkasho is now expected to be completed in 2021.

Source: The Mainichi

Russia Begins Construction of Turkey’s First Nuclear Power Plant

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan participated in a ceremony that marked the pouring of the first concrete for unit 1 of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey. The plant is being built in Mersin province in southern Turkey and is the first nuclear power plant to be built in the country. The plant will consist of 4 units and is meant to lessen Turkey’s dependence on energy imports. It will meet about 10% of Turkey’s electricity needs.

Source: World Nuclear News

US and Chinese Nuclear Power Plant Units Cross Milestone

The reactor vessels of nuclear power plants being constructed in the US and China have been installed. The installation represents a construction milestone for units 4 and 5 at Vogtle in Georgia and unit 5 at the Hongyanhe plant in China.

Source: World Nuclear News