Global Energy News Roundup: February 8

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


Horizon Nuclear Power Seeking Approval to Continue Construction at Wylfa Newydd

Horizon Nuclear Power is still seeking approval to continue construction of the Wylfa Newydd nuclear power station despite having the project be put on hold last month. A spokesperson from Horizon told New Civil Engineer that the company does intend to finish the project development consent order (DCO) application. Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed that the UK government is working on a new financing model in order to hopefully persuade Hitachi to reconsider its decision to put the project on hold. Time is limited however, as the DCO examination phase is scheduled to end on April 23. The Executive Director of Safety, Licensing, and Quality for the Horizon project, Anthony Webb, stated that “completing this phase of the DCO does not change the overall decision to suspend wider activities, but it will help give the best chance of a restart for the project at Wylfa Newydd, which remains the premier nuclear new build site in the UK…We’d like to thank all our stakeholders for their strong support of Wylfa Newydd, including the conclusion of the DCO activities.”

Source: New Civil Engineer 

Fourth AP1000 Set to Begin Commercial Operation in China

A fourth Chinese AP1000 has entered commercial operation at Unit 2 of the Haiyang nuclear power plant in China’s Shandong province. It has completed 168 hours of full-power continuous operation which is considered as entering commercial operation. However, China National Nuclear Corporation must still obtain the necessary permits and documents to be fully considered as entering commercial operation. Three AP1000s have already entered commercial operation in China. Sanmen 1 in China’s Zhejiang province was the first to achieve the critical step of commercialization. Unit 1 of the Haiyang plant was the next to become commercialized, followed by Sanmen Unit 2. With the commercialization of Haiyang 2, mainland China has 46 power reactors in operation and a combined installed capacity of more than 45 GWe. Four AP1000 reactors were planned to be built in the United States but construction of the two Summer units had to be suspended in August 2017. The two AP1000 at the Vogtle plant are schedule to start operating in November 2021 and November 2022.

Source: World Nuclear News

Report Supports Japan Taking Leadership Role on Climate Change

Phyllis Genther Yoshida, PhD, Senior Fellow for Energy and Technology at the Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, has published a report arguing that “the time is right for the Abe government to assume an even greater global leadership role on climate change as it successfully has done for regional trade liberalization.” She writes that Japan’s development of impressive technology and its location in Asia, which is the continent that has dominated global CO2 emissions since the early 2000s, makes it a valuable player in the effort to reduce carbon emissions. Dr. Yoshida believes that investment by Japan in new technologies can be a solution to the growing CO2 pollution problem. These new technologies include advanced nuclear energy. Japan can deploy “breakthroughs in clean energy development and deployment including renewables as well as advanced zero carbon emission nuclear reactors with breakthrough safety features and lower costs” in order to produce less CO2 emissions. For the full report, please click here.

Source: Sasakawa USA