Global Energy News Roundup: August 9


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TEPCO, Toshiba, Hitachi, Chubu Electric Power in Talks on Joint Venture to Resume Building Nuclear Power Plant

According to Nikkei Asia Review, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) is currently in talks with Toshiba, Hitach, and Chubu Electric Power on a joint venture that aims to resume construction on the Higashidori nuclear plant as well as “handle discussions” with local authorities and residents. This is a first of its kind proposal in Japan and would mark the first official results from discussions on a four-way nuclear partnership that began around a year ago. The advantages of the four-way partnership include a diversification of the risk involved in a new plant and safety costs as well. It is also a financial plus for TEPCO and Chubu Electric, which have not restarted any of their nuclear facilities that were idled after the accident at Fukushima. The partnership benefits Hitachi and Toshiba as a way to maintain expertise in the nuclear energy sector. Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry has already given the green light for the project at Higashidori.

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

EIA Predicts Nuclear Power to Remain Stable in US Through 2020

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its short-term energy outlook this week that outlined the country’s energy production in 2019 and its future predictions for 2020. EIA estimates that nuclear power will remain stable at 20% in 2020, along with hydropower also staying the same at 7% in 2019 and 2020. Renewables such as wind and solar are expected to form 10% of the country’s power generation in 2019 and then will rise to 12% in 2020.

Source: Power Technology 

China’s Second EPR Reactor Reaches Full Generating Capacity

China’s second EPR reactor at the Taishan nuclear power plant in Guangdong province has for the first time reached full generating capacity. The reactor, known as Taishan 2, is expected to enter commercial operation later this year. The EPR reactor design was developed in France by Framatome and this type of reactor is under construction in France, China, Finland, and the United Kingdom. Framatome said on social media that “The Taishan 2 EPR reactor has just reached 100% nominal power, this milestone marks the culmination of several years of work…It is also the recognition of Framatome’s expertise in the commissioning of nuclear reactors.” The Taishan 1 was connected to the grid on June 29 of last year and was announced as being in commercial operation on December 13. The fuel loading began at Taishan 2 in May 2019 and attained a sustained chain reaction for the first time on May 28. It was then connected to the grid on June 23.

Source: World Nuclear News