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The FT’s Analysis page is all about nuclear power, so to accompany it we have created an interactive map (running on Google fusion tables), with the location of every reactor in the world. Zoom in, and click on the dots to see details.
The map above has details of over 700 reactors (many are in the same plant location, such as the six reactors at Fukushima Daiishi), colour coded by status. The colours are:
YELLOW: Under construction
RED: Shut down | Suspended indefinitely/Cancelled | Not operating | Construction suspended
By Martin Stabe and Rob Minto
Source: World Nuclear Association
It has been well documented that the damage to Japan’s nuclear capacity could lead to a spike in demand for liquified natural gas. but how much could the country need, and what could that do to prices?
PFC Energy has come up with some fairly credible figures. Its analysts point out that in 2007, when a slightly smaller earthquake struck the country, it took out 8.2GW of nuclear capacity. In the aftermath, Japan’s spot LNG purchases jumped from 100 mtons to 500 mtons per month.
I wrote on Monday that China and India were pressing ahead with their nuclear building programmes even in the wake of the Japan crisis. Well, no longer, at least for the moment. China has just made an announcement that could have a huge impact on the nuclear industry.
This is from Reuters:
China has suspended approvals for proposed nuclear power plants and is making a comprehensive safety check of atomic plants following Japan’s nuclear crisis, the State Council, or cabinet, said on Wednesday.
You can follow live coverage of the Japanese nuclear crisis here.
- Warning of ‘apocalypse’ as fallout hits danger levels – The Telegraph
- IAEA under fire over response to Japan crisis – The Guardian
- Containment design has long been questioned – NY Times Green blog
- Japan reactor design caused GE engineer to quit – Reuters
- Nuclear crisis puts industry revival in doubt – The Guardian
- Chris Huhne: Japan is a risk to UK nuclear plans – The Telegraph
- Oil markets adjust to Japan disaster – Argus
- Bumper bonuses are back at Shell – The Times
- Beleaguered BP could make a tempting target for Shell – The Telegraph
- A nation’s fortune changes as oilmen strike it rich – The Times
- Topaz poised for $1.7bn IPO – FT