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Japan Won’t Start Nuclear Plants in 2013, Wood Mackenzie Says

Additional nuclear restarts in Japan are unlikely this year, sustaining record demand for liquefied natural gas in a country that once depended on atomic power for about a third of its energy, according to Wood Mackenzie Ltd.

Japan’s nuclear capacity will be just half of what it was before the 2011 disaster at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima plant even after the facilities are reinstated, Nicholas Browne, a Singapore-based gas analyst for Wood Mackenzie, said in an interview yesterday in Tokyo. Restoring those sites could take as long as three years, he said.