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Trade figures reveal cost of Japan's nuclear shutdown

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 January 2012

Huge energy imports last year caused Japan to record a rare trade deficit. Manufacturing was hit by the tsunami, but the use of fossil fuels to replace shut-down nuclear plants was a bigger factor.

IAEA double-checks Japanese tests

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 January 2012

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A team of experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency has kicked off its review of Japanese nuclear safety tests with a series of open meetings in Japan.

Eye-watering cost of renewable revolution

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 January 2012

Neckarwestheim (EnBW) 80x48Germany's energy policy could cost some €1.4 trillion ($1.8 trillion) by 2030 even before the cost of the nuclear shutdown is taken into account.

First images from within Fukushima containment

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 January 2012

Fukushima piping support 43Pictures from a remote examination of Fukushima Daiichi 2 have yet to bring new information on the state of the ruined reactor core.

BP sees growth in non-fossil fuel use

Located in: Energy and Environment

19 January 2012

While global energy demand is expected to grow by almost 40% by 2030, non-fossil fuels will account for one-third of this growth, according to UK-based oil and gas giant BP. Nuclear energy will continue to play a significant role, with the Asia Pacific region seeing the greatest growth in its use.

Japan considers 60 year reactor lifespan

Located in: Regulation and Safety

18 January 2012

In a move that will bring Japan more into line with the US licensing system, the government will consider a proposal to set 40 years as the standard lifespan for the country's nuclear reactors, with a possible extension to 60 years if plants meet stringent safety criteria.

Fukushima a 'temporary blip' for UK support

Located in: Nuclear Policies

18 January 2012

Support for nuclear energy in the UK has returned to levels seen a few months prior to the Fukushima accident in Japan, a new public opinion poll indicates. A similar poll conducted in June 2011 had shown a significant drop in support following the accident.

Japanese reactors await restart approvals

Located in: Regulation and Safety

16 January 2012

While reviews of initial stress test results for Japanese reactors are progressing, it could still be several months before the first restart approval comes. The shutdown of unit 2 of the Ikata nuclear power plant for a periodic inspection means that only five of the country's 54 power reactors are now in operation.

Stuttgart court upholds nuclear fuel tax

Located in: Corporate

16 January 2012

After two legal rejections Germany's nuclear fuel tax has been supported by a regional court in the latest episode of a complex legal battle that looks set to continue for years.

Post-Fukushima era begins for France

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 January 2012

EDF's fleet of 58 reactors needs upgrades 'as quickly as possible' to be sufficiently robust in extreme situations, said France's nuclear safety regulator.


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