Global Energy News Roundup: July 27

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

Decommissioning Work Continues at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Tokyo Electric Power Company will continue its decommissioning work and remove small amounts of fuel debris from one of the damaged reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. A robot is working to probe the containment vessels of the 3 damaged reactors before it collects the debris, which consists of a mixture of molten nuclear fuel and structural parts. On Thursday, TEPCO announced its plan to focus on the Number 2 reactor, which is where they said the probe is progressing the most.

Source: NHK World

Utah Contributes to Advanced Nuclear Reactor Development

29 Utah power providers belonging to the Utah Association of Municipal Power Systems (U-AMPS), have agreed to contribute to a plan that aims to build small modular nuclear reactors located outside Idaho Falls, Idaho. U-AMPS has partnered with NuScale Power to study and create small modular reactor technology. Utah currently doesn’t have any nuclear power, and this partnership would not power Utah cities with nuclear energy until 2026. U-AMPS is funding “25 percent of the project, with the Department of Energy funding half and NuScale covering the rest.”

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

Nuclear Power Necessary in South Korea to Tackle Heat Wave 

Heatwaves across the region have caused South Korea to turn to nuclear power to help meet the growing demand for electricity. Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power (KHNP) has decided to restart two of its reactors (Hanbit 3 and Hanul 2) in the second and third week of August. Both units have been offline since May but are expected to be brought back online by August 12. With these two additional units online, plus three others, KHNP expected that 5 additional gigawatt hours of electricity can be provided during the August heat.  Paik Un-gyu, minister of trade, industry and energy, said during a visit to a power grid in Tteukseom, Seoul that “as the heat wave has continued for several days, we expect electricity demand to surge to an all-time record…But supplying stable electricity is possible as we have secured power supply as planned and we also have emergency resources.”

Source: World Nuclear News

Article Highlights Advanced Small Reactors

The Financial Times published an article this week titled “Nuclear Power Looks to Shrink Its Way to Success,” which describes how “dozens of companies are working on a new generation of reactors that, they promise, can deliver nuclear power at lower cost and reduced risk.” The article highlights the falling prices of wind and solar power and how the nuclear power industry must adjust if it expects to keep pace. The UK believes that government funding of advanced smaller reactors can provide energy security and also create a multi-billion-dollar export market. Fiona Reilly, chair of the expert finance working group set up by the UK government stated that “there is a big global market for small reactors. They can be deployed in more and different locations to large reactors.”

Source: The Financial Times

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