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Here's An Official Vote For Nuclear
« on: Dec 10, 2013, 05:31 »
Nuclear power hasn't been popular of late.

Most news globally has been about governments strategically moving away from atomic energy. Shutting down reactors in favour of alternate power sources.

But last week one of the world's biggest energy players cast an official vote for nuclear.

Japan.

The Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry officially recommended that nuclear should be embraced as a go-to power source for the country.

The announcement came as part of Ministry efforts to draft a first-ever energy policy for Japan. One that outlines the country's strategy for the next 20 years in procuring power supplies.

That strategy will apparently include nuclear energy in a big way. The draft energy plan released last week called nuclear the "important base power source" for Japanese growth going forward.

Importantly, the plan calls for the restarting of currently-idled nuclear reactors. Flying in the face of speculation that the Japanese government might make an official move away from nuclear following the events at Fukushima.

The draft policy did recommend that nuclear should be augmented with renewable energy wherever possible. However, given Japan's very limited renewable infrastructure, this is probably a token statement. Unlikely to have much impact in reducing overall nuclear output.

It thus appears more and more likely we will see a large-scale restart of Japanese nuclear facilities. Significant news for both nuclear technology companies and for the uranium market.


http://oilprice.com/Finance/investing-and-trading-reports/Heres-An-Official-Vote-For-Nuclear.html

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« Reply #1 on: Dec 11, 2013, 06:59 »

It thus appears more and more likely we will see a large-scale restart of Japanese nuclear facilities. Significant news for both nuclear technology companies and for the uranium market.


http://oilprice.com/Finance/investing-and-trading-reports/Heres-An-Official-Vote-For-Nuclear.html

I'll bet biscuits-n-gravy we only see token restarts of newer PWRs. Any plant with any aging issue probably gets culled early.

Certainly, the power replacement issue is huge...Japan is paying some of the highest LNG prices on the planet

http://www.ferc.gov/market-oversight/mkt-gas/overview/ngas-ovr-lng-wld-pr-est.pdf .

The sense of urgency is palpable. Yet, the long-term fix is ironically just up the coast from Fukushima, and built by Mitsubishi Heavy: Air-blown IGCC using the new Mitsubishi M501J turbines.

http://www.netl.doe.gov/technologies/coalpower/gasification/gasifipedia/pdfs/17SAKAMOTO.pdf


Slides 7, 11 and 19 really tell the tale. Thermal efficiency above 60%, even on high-sulfur Indo coal. IGCC gives you MW, commercial grade CO2 for either enhanced oil/gas recovery or sequestration, commercial-grade sulfur for chem industry.

Not good news for HP, but for weld inspectors and turbine folks this should be a new field of opportunity..

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Re: Here's An Official Vote For Nuclear
« Reply #2 on: Dec 11, 2013, 07:13 »
They have no choice.

Offline HydroDave63

Re: Here's An Official Vote For Nuclear
« Reply #3 on: Dec 11, 2013, 07:27 »
No choice but to...... ?

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Re: Here's An Official Vote For Nuclear
« Reply #4 on: Dec 11, 2013, 08:01 »
No choice but to...... ?

  I think he means that Japan is an Island who would have to import most of it's energy sources otherwise. But that is just me trying to read his mind. ;)

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Re: Here's An Official Vote For Nuclear
« Reply #5 on: Dec 12, 2013, 08:09 »
But that is just me trying to read his mind. ;)

 Good luck with that.

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Re: Here's An Official Vote For Nuclear
« Reply #6 on: Dec 12, 2013, 11:55 »
Good luck with that.

A little like the movie "The Cell"  :P


 


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