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Fukushima tests to help assess cooling of damaged reactors: Tepco

Nov 09 2018

TOKYO The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami nearly eight years ago, said on Friday it planned tests early next year to see how much melted uranium fuel has cooled in the damaged reactors.

Toshiba to pay ENN more than $800 million to exit U.S. LNG business

Nov 08 2018

TOKYO/SINGAPORE Japan's Toshiba Corp will exit its U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) business by paying China's ENN Ecological Holdings Co more than $800 million to take over the unit as part of a plan to shed money-losing assets.

Japan approves extension for reactor damaged in 2011 quake, tsunami

Nov 07 2018

TOKYO Japan's nuclear regulator has approved an operations extension for a 40-year-old reactor near Tokyo that was damaged in the same earthquake and tsunami that sparked the Fukushima disaster nearly eight years ago, a move likely to be controversial.

Japan approves extension for reactor similar to Fukushima units that melted down

Nov 06 2018

TOKYO, Nov 7 Japan's nuclear regulator approved an extension of operations for a 40-year-old reactor near Tokyo that has the same basic design as those that melted down in the Fukushima crisis nearly eight years ago, a move that is likely to be controversial.

Factbox: Outlook for Japan nuclear restarts

Nov 05 2018

TOKYO Detailed findings from a Reuters reactor-by-reactor analysis of Japan's nuclear sector show Japan may get as few as six more reactors operating in the next five years and will miss a government target to have 30 operating by 2030.

Japan's nuclear industry growing, but slower than government hoped

Nov 05 2018

TOKYO Japan's resurgent nuclear industry will miss a government target of providing at least a fifth of the country's electricity by 2030, a Reuters analysis shows.

Factbox - Outlook for Japan nuclear restarts

Oct 31 2018

TOKYO Detailed findings from a Reuters reactor-by-reactor analysis of Japan's nuclear sector show Japan may get as few as six more reactors operating in the next five years and will miss a government target to have 30 operating by 2030.

FACTBOX-Outlook for Japan nuclear restarts

Oct 31 2018

By Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO, Oct 31 Detailed findings from a Reuters reactor-by-reactor analysis of Japan's nuclear sector show Japan may get as few as six more reactors operating in the next five years and will miss a government target to have 30 operating by 2030. The findings follow a reactor-by reactor review of all units that have not won the final green light to restart, looking at legal, disaster and political risks, along with a consideration of upgrade costs. Reuters reviewed thousands of documents submitted to the country's nuclear regulator, sent questionnaires to all operators and interviewed industry professionals, lawyers and other experts. Nuclear operators say they have spent or will probably spend 4 trillion yen ($36 billion) on safety upgrades to meet the new standards. This includes building tsunami protection barriers, beefing up buildings' seismic resistance, fireproofing wiring and upgrading piping and other equipment. The following table lays out the prospects for restarts for Japan's 38 reactors, based on the analysis. While the analysis was being done, Tohoku Electric announced plans to decommission the No. 1 reactor at its Onagawa station. The analysis had found that the reactor was unlikely to restart. Reactor Outlook Comment Upgrade costs Onagawa 2 Likely In final stages Tohoku Electric of safety says it has spent review. Restart 172 billion yen on possible next Onagawa, year Higashidori units Mihama 3 Likely Safety review Kansai Electric cleared, says it has spent lifetime 437 billion yen on extended. Kansai upgrades of Electric aims to Mihama, Takahama restart in late and Ohi plants March 2020 Takahama 1 Likely Safety review As above cleared, lifetime extended. Kansai Electric aims to restart in Oct 2019 Takahama 2 Likely Safety review As above cleared, lifetime extended. Restart May 2020 Shimane 2 Likely Safety review Chugoku Electric proceeding says it will spend without hitches, 500 billion yen on local support its only nuclear solid plant Higashidori Likely Regulator finds Tohoku Electric no active fault says it spent 172 after disputes. billion yen on Tohoku aims to Higashidori, finish safety Onagawa stations upgrades by 2021/2022, then restart Tomari 3 Uncertain Seismic Hokkaido Electric standards not says more than 200 set. Hokkaido billion yen on prioritising Tomari, its only this unit but nuclear plant Sept quake may affect seismic assessments. Tsunami wall may need replacing Onagawa 3 Uncertain Tohoku has not Tohoku Electric applied for says it spent 172 restart billion yen on Onagawa, Higashidori units Hamaoka Uncertain Little progress Chubu Electric Nos 3,4 on safety cites costs of 400 review. Quake, billion yen for tsunami Hamaoka; 22-metre projections not (72-feet) high set. Near major steel-concrete tectonic plate tsunami wall built boundaries. Local governor says no restart while he is in power, term expires in 2021. Tokai Daini Uncertain Cleared two Japan Atomic safety hurdles expects to spend and likely to 180 billion yen on get 20-year upgrades extension in November. Damaged in 2011 disaster, closest reactor to Tokyo, strong local opposition Kashiwazaki-K Uncertain Tepco clears Tepco expects to ariwa initial safety spend 680 billion Nos 6,7 review. Very yen on strong local Kashiwazaki-Kariwa opposition. upgrades Station damaged in 2007 quake. Many consider Tepco unfit to handle nuclear Tomari Unlikely Regulator Hokkaido Electric Nos 1,2 focusing on expects to spend possible active more than 200 faults right billion yen on beneath Tomari station reactors; September quake may affect assessments, tsunami wall may need tearing down Fukushima Unlikely Government has No costs for Daini called on Tepco upgrades given by Nos 1-4 to decommission Tepco reactors. Narrowly averted meltdowns in 2011 disaster Kashiwazaki-K Unlikely Station damaged Tepco expects to ariwa in 2007 quake. spend 680 billion Nos 1-5 Local mayor yen on calling for Kashiwazaki-Kariwa decommission of upgrades at least one of the units in exchange of backing No 6 or 7 restart Hamaoka No 5 Unlikely Seawater entered Chubu Electric reactor in 2011. cites costs of 400 Next to major billion yen for tectonic plate Hamaoka, 22-metre boundary. No (72-feet) high, restart steel-concrete application tsunami wall built Shika No 1 Unlikely Regulator finds The company says possible active to spend less than fault beneath 200 billion yen on reactor, which Shika station could force it to be scrapped Shika No 2 Unlikely Regulator finds As above possible active faults beneath reactor, which could force it to be scrapped Genkai Unlikely Small unit, no Kyushu Electric No 2 application for projects more than restart made 900 billion yen on Sendai, Genkai upgrade costs Tsuruga Unlikely Regulator found Japan Atomic No 2 possible active projects to spend fault in 2015. 90 billion yen on Japan Atomic upgrades contests finding Onagawa No 1 Scrapped Tohoku said on Utility has spent Oct. 25 it will 172 billion yen on scrap unit. Onagawa, Reuters analysis Higashidori showed it was unlikely to restart Takahama Restarted Both restarted Kansai Electric Nos 3, 4 operations in says it has spent 2017 437 billion yen on upgrades of Mihama, Takahama and Ohi plants Ohi Nos 3, 4 Restarted Both restarted As above operations in 2018 Ikata No 3 Restarted Operations began Shikoku Electric again in 2016. says to spend Legal obstacles about 190 billion removed yen on upgrades Genkai Restarted On first cycle Kyushu Electric Nos 3,4 after restart in projects more than 2018 900 billion yen for Sendai, Genkai upgrade costs Sendai Restarted First reactors Kyushu Electric Nos 1,2 to start in projects more than Japan under new 900 billion yen rules. Now on for Sendai, Genkai third cycle. upgrade costs ($1 = 111.8600 yen) (Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Gerry Doyle)

Asia's Iran oil imports hit 32-month low in Sept

Oct 31 2018

* Asia's Sept Iran imports at 1.13 mln bpd -govt, shipping data * China, Japan imports fall ahead of U.S. sanctions on Nov 5 * South Korea imports fall to zero for 1st time since 2012 By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO, Oct 31 Imports of Iranian crude oil by major buyers in Asia hit a 32-month low in September, as China, South Korea and Japan sharply cut their purchases ahead of upcoming U.S. sanctions on Tehran, government and ship-tracking data showed. China, India, Japan and South Korea last month imported 1.13 million barrels per day (bpd) from Iran, according to the data, down 40.9 percent from a year earlier. This marks the lowest imports since January 2016, right before the previous sanctions targeting Tehran's nuclear programme were lifted. The United States is re-imposing those sanctions against Iranian crude oil exports on Nov. 5 as part of President Donald Trump's efforts to force Tehran to accede to a more restrictive deal on curbing its nuclear and missile programmes. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) agreed in June to boost supply to help make up for the expected disruption to Iranian exports. Washington is pushing allies to cut Iranian oil imports to zero, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week it will be harder for countries to get waivers on the sanctions than it was under the Obama administration. Japan joined South Korea in temporarily halting Iranian oil loadings, but three of Iran's top five customers – India, China, and Turkey - are resisting the call to end purchases outright, according to sources familiar with the matter. The United States cannot stop Iranian oil exports, Iran's oil minister said last week, warning that such restrictions only ensure that oil prices remain volatile. India's Iran imports in September rose 27 percent from the same month last year to 527,600 bpd, and buyers there plan to take 9 million barrels of Iranian oil in November, an industry source said, indicating a commitment to continuing purchases. South Korean oil imports from Iran fell to zero in September for the first time since September 2012. China's imports of Iranian crude tumbled 41.6 percent in September from a year earlier to 458,000 bpd, according to oil flow data on Refinitiv Eikon. China this year halted the release of country breakdowns for its crude imports. That would mark the lowest Iranian imports by China since January 2017. China's two top state-owned refiners have not placed orders for Iranian oil for November because of concerns about the sanctions. Japan reduced imports from Iran by 31 percent last month, trade ministry data showed on Wednesday. Japan last loaded crude oil from Iran in mid-September, according to Refinitiv data. The tables below outline Iran crude imports in bpd by Asia's biggest buyers for September and the year to date: Nation Sep-18 Sep-17 yr/yr pct China 458,184 784,060 -41.6 India 527,600 415,400 27.0 Japan 148,775 215,564 -31.0 Korea 0 504,033 n/a Total 1,134,559 1,919,057 -40.9 Nation Jan-Sept 2018 Jan-Sept 2017 yr/yr pct China 643,869 629,026 2.4 India 592,400 488,600 21.3 Japan 164,900 165,391 -0.3 Korea 213,194 423,304 -49.6 Total 1,614,363 1,706,321 -5.4 (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Tom Hogue)

LNG Canada says China's U.S. LNG import tariff could leave projects "dead in the water"

Oct 22 2018

NAGOYA, Japan, Oct 22 LNG Canada challenged competing U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects on Monday, saying many could end up "dead in the water" as long as China keeps its tariff on U.S. imports of the fuel as part of the trade war between the countries.

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