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Court denies injunction against operation of Sendai units

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 April 2016

Sendai - 48 (JAIF)A Japanese high court today rejected an appeal by local residents seeking a temporary injunction against the operation of units 1 and 2 of Kyushu Electric Power Company's Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima prefecture. The units are the only reactors currently in operation in Japan.

EC puts figure on maintaining nuclear capacity

Located in: Nuclear Policies

04 April 2016

Investment of between €350 billion ($399 billion) and €450 billion will be required over the next 35 years to maintain the European Union's nuclear generating capacity at between 95 and 105 GWe, according to the European Commission's latest Nuclear Illustrative Program.

Remote technology centre opens in Japan

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 April 2016

Naraha test building - 48A ceremony was held on 30 March to inaugurate a new centre in Fukushima prefecture for the development and testing of remote-controlled equipment for use in decommissioning the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Tepco begins ice wall activation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

31 March 2016

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall - 48Tokyo Electric Power Company announced that it has today started up the equipment to create a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings. Regulatory approval to partially activate the ice wall was received yesterday.

Advisory group sees progress at Fukushima Daiichi

Located in: Regulation and Safety

30 March 2016

NRMC at Fukushima Daiichi - 48Members of the Nuclear Reform Monitoring Committee yesterday toured the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan and noted progress in decommissioning and working conditions at the site.

Shikoku decides against restarting Ikata 1

Located in: Corporate

29 March 2016

Ikata NPP - 48Unit 1 of Shikoku Electric Power Company's Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture will be decommissioned, the company has announced. Meanwhile, the utility has requested pre-operational inspections at Ikata 3 ahead of its planned restart.

Nuclear growth revealed in China's new Five-Year Plan

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 March 2016

China's operating nuclear generating capacity will double over the next five years under the country's latest Five-Year Plan. The plan also calls for the preparation for construction of inland nuclear power plants and work on a reprocessing plant to start by 2020.

Regulator approves Ikata 3 safety upgrades

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 March 2016

Ikata NPP - 48Unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture has moved a step closer to restarting after the country's nuclear regulator approved Shikoku Electric Power Company's 'construction plan' to strengthen the unit.

Fukushima Daiichi waste incinerator starts up

Located in: Waste and Recycling

22 March 2016

Fukushima Daiichi solid waste incinerator - 48A facility for incinerating miscellaneous solid low-level waste has begun operating at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The incinerator will be used for disposing of items such as used protective clothing and construction waste.

Radiation-detecting drone developed

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 March 2016

Drone with radiation detectors - 48Spanish firm Escuadrone has developed what it claims is the world's first drone equipped with a system for detecting radioactivity. The drone can be used in the management of nuclear-related emergencies, it says.


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