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Sep. 12, 2014, 8:57 AM
- Tokyo Electric Power (OTCPK:TKECF) says it has signed a 17-year deal to buy up to 1.2M metric tons/year of liquefied natural gas from BP's Singapore unit starting from April 2017.
- The LNG will be sourced from BP's portfolio rather than a specific project, and the prices will be linked to the U.S. Henry Hub gas index rather than oil prices.
Jan. 16, 2014, 10:45 AM
- Tokyo Electric Power (TKECF, TKECY) wins government approval for a restructuring that will help pave the way for another ¥4T ($38.3B) in additional state funding.
- An important part of the plan is for the restart of two reactors at another facility in northern Japan, which faces strong criticism after the company failed to take proper precautions at the Fukushima plant, which was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
- The new plan does not offer a clear path for a return to financial health as Tepco struggles with the high costs of cleaning up Fukushima and compensating those in the area affected by the release of high levels of radiation.
Sep. 4, 2013, 3:26 AM
- Radiation levels around tanks holding contaminated water at Tokyo Electric Power's (TKECF.PK) crippled Fukushima nuclear plant have spiked to 2,200 millisieverts (mSv) from 1,800 mSv on Sunday. Either level would be enough to kill an unprotected person within hours.
- A major problem is that the tanks are leaking huge amounts of contaminated water into the sea and into the surrounding groundwater.
- Yesterday, the government said it would take charge of the 2 1/2 year clean-up process and provide almost $500M for two big projects — a ring of frozen ground to protect groundwater from radiation and a plant to filter out radioactive elements.
- However, there is a long list of other expensive tasks that need to be carried out. The question is whether the government will provide the necessary money.
Aug. 27, 2013, 8:37 AM
- Japan's government will provide money and personnel to help cope with rising amounts of contaminated water at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after losing confidence in Tepco's (TKECF.PK, TKECY.PK) ability to handle the situation on its own.
- The trade minister says the latest leak of 300 metric tons of highly contaminated water "could have been prevented" if Tepco had been more careful, pointing out that the 1,000 tons/day of groundwater flowing into the site presents a serious problem.
- Related: URA, NLR, NUCL, CCJ, DNN, URS, LTBR, URG, UEC, URRE, USU.
Aug. 21, 2013, 8:11 AM
- Nearly 80K gallons of highly radioactive water have leaked from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the latest black eye for Tepco (TKECF.PK, TKECY.PK), which has struggled to contain contaminated groundwater experts believe is flowing into the sea from the site every day.
- Japan is set to raise the severity rating of the leak to level 3, or "serious incident," underlining a deepening sense of crisis at the site.
- Revelations of more toxic leaks may raise second-thoughts about Japan's nuclear future but won't halt the long-term global expansion of the industry, uranium (URA, NLR, NUCL) insiders say.
- Related Stocks: CCJ, DNN, URS, LTBR, URG, UEC, URRE, USU.
Feb. 8, 2013, 8:20 AM
Tepco's deal to import liquefied natural gas from the proposed Cameron LNG project (SE) in the U.S. starting in 2017 could have wider repercussions in the global LNG market by helping break the link between oil and LNG and eventually helping to bring world LNG prices down, Macquarie Research says. The project in Louisiana has yet to gain the government's approval for export.| Feb. 8, 2013, 8:20 AM | 1 Comment
Dec. 7, 2012, 4:56 AM
A tsunami of 1 meter in height hits Japan's Miyagi prefecture following a 7.3 magnitude earthquake, while Tokyo Electric says it hasn't detected irregular radiation levels at its Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. You can find regular updates of the story here or on Twitter here.| Dec. 7, 2012, 4:56 AM | 4 Comments
Oct. 8, 2012, 9:50 AM
Tepco reportedly is in talks with Cheniere Energy (LNG), Sempra Energy (SRE) and other U.S. energy firms to import shale gas, as it seeks to hold down fuel costs and reduce high electricity charges. Tepco was forced to raise household power rates in September, and cheap U.S. shale imports likely would allow it to reduce costs.| Oct. 8, 2012, 9:50 AM
Jun. 18, 2012, 5:08 AM
Chevron (CVX) signs a deal to supply additional LNG to Japan's Tepco and to sell Tepco an 8% stake in the Wheatstone natural gas processing plant and a 10% stake in the Wheatstone gas field license. Financial terms weren't disclosed.| Jun. 18, 2012, 5:08 AM
Jun. 3, 2012, 3:36 AMJapanese securities regulator, the SESC, intends to ask the U.S. SEC for its help in an expanding investigation of insider trading, Reuters reports. The SESC believes Nomura may have leaked information to American investors about an offering from Tepco (TKECF.PK). JPMorgan (JPM) has already been linked to a stock sale from Nippon Sheet Glass. | Jun. 3, 2012, 3:36 AM | 1 Comment
Mar. 29, 2012, 6:52 AM
Mar. 26, 2012, 7:51 AM
TEPCO (TKECF.PK) closes down its last nuclear reactor still running in Japan, leaving the nation close to being nuclear free as it waits for the government to approve restarts amid ongoing safety concerns. Push will come to shove this summer when hot weather delivers peak energy demand that fossil fuel plants are unlikely to be able to meet.| Mar. 26, 2012, 7:51 AM
Mar. 5, 2012, 9:47 AM
Shareholders of Tepco (TKECF.PK) file suit against 27 current and former directors of the firm for a staggering ¥5.5T ($67.4B) to cover damages stemming from the Fukushima disaster. Though Japanese courts have set a precedent for tagging individual executives with damages for mismanagement, the size of the requested award is the largest on record.| Mar. 5, 2012, 9:47 AM | 1 Comment
Mar. 2, 2012, 8:55 AM
Feb. 13, 2012, 7:23 AMTepco (TKECF.PK) increases it forecast for full-year losses up to ¥695B ($8.9B) from ¥600B ($7.68B) after taking on a massive aid package. The company with the 29M customers it serves in the Tokyo is playing a game of chicken with the government as it seeks an even larger bailout, according to analysts. | Feb. 13, 2012, 7:23 AM
Jan. 26, 2012, 9:58 AMThe FT adds to speculation that the Japanese government will put ¥1T ($12.9B) into Tepco (TKECF.PK), with the company's banks offering to match that figure at low-rated loans in return for not having to write off the utility's ¥7.8T debt. One issue is whether the government will receive control of above or below 50%. | Jan. 26, 2012, 9:58 AM