Global Energy News Roundup: July 3

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

US Dignitaries Send Letter to Secretary Perry Endorsing Nuclear Energy

On June 26, a distinguished group of former US government officials and members of Congress, flag officers, generals, national security officials and industry leaders sent the attached letter to US Energy Secretary Rick Perry addressing the importance of nuclear power to our national security. The group of 75 dignitaries made a persuasive argument for preserving the US fleet of nuclear plants and for having a strong, sustainable civil nuclear industry in the United States. The letter was sent to Secretary Perry and other Administration officials last week. Our US-Japan Roundtable Director, Scott Campbell, was one of the signatories.  The letter states that the signatories commend Secretary Perry for “recognizing the important role our civil nuclear energy sector plays in bolstering America’s national security. We urge you to continue to take concrete steps to ensure the national security attributes of US nuclear power plants are properly recognized by policymakers and are valued in US electricity markets.” The full letter can be found here.

Source: NEI, World Nuclear News

Japan to Invest in Kazakhstan’s Nuclear Energy

Last week, the Kazakh Minister for Investments and Developments, Zhenis Kassymbek, announced that Japan and Kazakhstan are working to implement seven joint projects worth up to $2 billion. In his announcement, Kassymbek stated “We have strategic and friendly relations between our countries. We see mutual interest and prospects for cooperation with Japan in areas such as petrochemicals, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, energy, information technologies and innovations.” The two countries have signed a memorandum on nuclear energy between Kazakhstan Nuclear Power Plants and the Japan Atomic Power Company and Marubeni Utility Services that will allow the two countries to move forward on nuclear energy projects.

Souce: The Astana Times

Secretary Mattis Seeks to Assure Japan Relationship Has Not Changed

Secretary Mattis met with his Japanese counterpart Itsunori Onodera last week to discuss the US-Japan military alliance. The US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited Tokyo and worked to assure Japan that the United States will stand with the country to pressure North Korea to return Japanese citizens who were abducted in the 1970s and 1980s. At the US-North Korean Summit in June, President Trump expressed his hope for Japan that North Korea would return those who were abducted. Secretary Mattis set to assuage Japan’s anxieties over North Korea with his visit, and stated that “In this dynamic time, the longstanding alliance between Japan and the United States stands firm.”

Source: The Wall Street Journal

Nuclear Power Plant in China Connects to Grid

The EDF Group along with China General Nuclear Power Group announced that Unit 1 at the Taishan nuclear power plant is now connected to the grid. This represents the world’s first EPR to achieve grid connection and power generation. The grid connection signifies a significant step for the nuclear power industry in China and also the United Kingdom. Zheng Dongshan, CEO of CGN UK, said: “Safe and efficient connection of the new Taishan 1 reactor to the grid is a major step forward in China, but is also important for the UK, where the same EPR technology will be used at Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C. The fact that an EPR power station has been linked to the electricity network for the first time reinforces our strong confidence in this reactor technology and in the HPC project as a whole.” According to the article, Unit 1 at the Taishan nuclear power plant can deliver reliable low-carbon electricity to more than four million Chinese households.

Source: World Nuclear News