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Mayoral blessing for Japanese restart

Located in: Industry Talk

04 July 2011

The mayor of Genkai in southwestern Japan, Hideo Kishimoto, has given his approval to the restart of Kyushu Electric Power Company's Genkai units 2 and 3. The units were off line for periodic inspections at the time of the 11 March earthquake and tsunami that crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and their restart has been postponed. Units 1 and 4 at the plant were not in outage at the time of the earthquake and have continued to operate. Some 20 of Japan's 54 nuclear reactors were off line for planned maintenance as of 11 March and have not yet been allowed to restart. Japan's economy, trade and industry minister Banri Kaieda recently highlighted the need for Japanese prefectural governors to allow such plants to resume operations. A restart of the Genkai units will require the agreement of the governor of Saga Prefecture, Yasushi Furukawa. If permission is granted, the two Genkai units would be the first Japanese reactors to restart following the 11 March natural disasters.

Nuclear builders place their bids

Located in: New Nuclear

04 July 2011

Pyhajoki EPR (Fennovoima)Fennovoima has invited Areva and Toshiba to bid for the construction of a new nuclear power plant in Finland. Meanwhile, Jordan has received three offers from would-be builders of its first nuclear power plant.

Salem licence extension

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 July 2011

Nuclear power generation at the Salem plant in New Jersey has been licensed to continue until April 2040 by US safety authorities.

Structure emerging for standard AP1000s

Located in: New Nuclear

29 June 2011

British nuclear safety authorities have lifted the 'regulatory issue' status from their questions regarding the construction methods of Westinghouse's AP1000. Meanwhile, the company wants regional versions of the power plant to be as similar as possible.

Sarkozy supports nuclear with €1 billion pledge

Located in: Nuclear Policies

28 June 2011

Sarkozy 27 June 2011 (Image: P Segrette)French President Nicolas Sarkozy has confirmed plans to invest €1 billion ($1.4 billion) in future nuclear programs including fourth generation reactor research.

Fukushima cover on its way

Located in: Regulation and Safety

27 June 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 1 coverTepco plans to complete the construction of a cover over the stricken Fukushima Daiichi unit 1 by the end of September, according to a progress report submitted to the Japanese nuclear safety agency. Meanwhile, recent analysis suggests most of the fuel in the unit's storage pool is undamaged.

More nations join European 'stress tests'

Located in: Regulation and Safety

24 June 2011

The European Commission's initiative to check the safety of nuclear power plants in extreme circumstances has grown to include 196 reactors with the participation of seven neighbouring countries.

Minister calls for restart of Japan's reactors

Located in: Regulation and Safety

23 June 2011

Kaieda at IAEA - 20 June 2011 (METI)

A shortage of electricity would be the greatest obstacle to economic recovery in Japan following the huge earthquake and tsunami in March, according to the country's industry minister. He said that this makes local permission for restarting Japan's nuclear power plants essential.

Finalised UK energy plans go before parliament

Located in: Nuclear Policies

23 June 2011

The UK's finalised Energy National Policy Statements (NPS), which set the stage for planning decisions on energy infrastructure projects including nuclear, have been formally published ready for debate in parliament.

Working conditions improve at Fukushima unit

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 June 2011

Workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have entered the reactor building of unit 2 to assess the working environment. Ventilation of the building has led to a drop in humidity. Meanwhile, the system to decontaminate water on the site is in operation.


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