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.
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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. With eight reactors running and one more set to come online in November, nuclear has this year overtaken non-hydro renewables in power output for the first time since the 2011 catastrophe, when all of the country’s nuclear plants were idled. Yet operators can expect as few as six units to restart in the next five years, and fewer than 20 by 2030, the analysis shows. That is far short of the 30 needed to meet the government target reiterated this year. Based on the analysis, the world’s third-largest economy may get about 15 percent of its power from nuclear in 2030, compared with a government target of 20-22 percent.
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