Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables.
The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s final version of a draft energy report reinforces atomic power’s role in the country’s future and falls short of advocating specific goals for renewable energy use.
Fishermen near the Fukushima plant have approved a plan to divert groundwater into the sea away from the station’s wrecked reactors after they were assured fishing grounds won’t be further contaminated by radiation.
Blazing gas flares 70 meters high brighten the night sky above Qatar’s Ras Laffan Industrial City. The 295-square-kilometer complex houses the world’s largest assemblage of liquefied natural gas plants and the biggest port for LNG exports on the globe. Ras Laffan chills to a fluid more gas in a year than Canada consumes and then ships it to run electric plants and warm homes from Tokyo to Buenos Aires. The gas facilities within its grounds produce almost a third of the world’s LNG exports, Bloomberg Markets will report in its May issue.
A contract laborer at the wrecked Fukushima Dai-Ichi atomic station died after being buried while performing excavation work, the first work-related death since the March 2011 nuclear disaster, Tokyo Electric Power Co. said.