Global Energy News Roundup: April 19

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


Abe Visits Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Prime Minister Abe visited President Trump at the US president’s Florida estate Mar-a-lago estate this week. The two leaders met to discuss the issue of confronting the North Korea threat as Japan is one of American’s most reliable allies in Asia. According to Axios other issues discussed included: 1) Trump’s reconsideration of TPP; 2) Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs; and 3) China’s security threat with its military presence in the South China Sea. For China, Japan would like to work together with international alliances to counteract China’s growing threat. Trump however, has taken an isolationist stance, withdrawing the US from international efforts such as TPP and the Paris Climate Accord.

Canadian Company Hosts Small Modular Reactor Developers

Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) will host an evaluation of multiple small modular reactor project proponents. CNL will specifically review the construction and operation of SMR projects at a site that it manages. The company is aiming to have a small modular reactor built on its Chalk River site by 2026. CNL’s President and CEO Mark Lesinski stated “”CNL is proud to extend this invitation to SMR project proponents from around the world, and to take one of the most important steps towards the successful deployment of a small modular reactor in Canada,” said CNL President and CEO Mark Lesinski. “Based on early discussions with our stakeholders and the broader nuclear industry, we anticipate strong interest and enthusiasm for this announcement.”

Source: World Nuclear News

Exelon Remains Strong Proponent of Nuclear Energy

In a statement made earlier this week, Exelon President and CEO Chris Chrane, explained how his company remains “unequivocally committed to a strong and successful future for nuclear energy, including advancing and investing in new technology while tirelessly promoting sound energy policies and critically needed market reforms.” The statement is a response to the media coverage of remarks made by Exelon at the U.S. Energy Association’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C. last week. The company made clear that although older technology such as lightwater reactors will not be built in the US in the future, there is room for new nuclear power technology in energy markets. This technology includes fast modular reactors, which are safer and less expensive than older nuclear power plants.

Source: Businesswire