Japan’s nuclear troubles leave room for more LNG

Japanese utilities are struggling to restart their nuclear power plants amid more legal challenges Japanese utilities are struggling to restart their nuclear power plants amid more legal challenges.
By Andrew Walker 9 January 2018 0 29017
Japanese nuclear power plant The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant. (Tepco)

Just as Japan’s nuclear restarts appeared to be gaining pace – with four reactors expected online in 2018 – they are facing new legal challenges that could lead to suspensions and further delays. This leaves the potential for a much larger role for gas in the country’s power mix. 

A ruling by the Hiroshima High Court suspended operations at the Ikata 3 reactor last month. The decision was based on the possibility of the plant being hit by pyroclastic flows from the eruption of a...

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