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EnBW loss from policy change

Located in: Corporate

22 July 2011

A financial notice from EnBW has noted the "considerable financial burden" of Germany's recent nuclear policy shift as the cause for a projected loss.

Hamaoka protection plans

Located in: Regulation and Safety

22 July 2011

Chubu Electric Power Company has announced its plans to increase tsunami and flooding protection for the Hamaoka nuclear power plant, which was closed by an extraordinary order from the Japanese prime minister.

'New approach' puts back Flamanville 3

Located in: New Nuclear

21 July 2011

Flamanville 3The schedule for Flamanville 3 has been revised with commercial operation now slated for 2016, said EDF yesterday when describing "a new approach to organisation" of the project.

Fukushima emissions down

Located in: Regulation and Safety

20 July 2011

Emissions of radioactivity from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are a tiny fraction of those during the height of the accident as Tokyo Electric Power Company moves to the next phase of its stabilisation roadmap.

Tepco prepares for typhoon

Located in: Regulation and Safety

19 July 2011

Fukushima Daiichi 3 roof coverAs a strong typhoon approaches Japan, a temporary cover has been constructed for the damaged roof of one the turbine buildings at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, stable cooling of the damaged reactors and used fuel pools has been achieved.

Lawsuit promised over 'nine-digit' nuclear tax

Located in: Corporate

18 July 2011

Philippsburg (Image: EnBW)The utility EnBW has announced that it will sue the German government over its unique nuclear fuel tax, while another nuclear utility is talking with Gazprom as a strategic partner for new power plants.

Ex-Tepco worker becomes World Cup heroine

Located in: Industry Talk

15 July 2011

Workers at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan have been given a boost to their morale as one of their former female colleagues has helped the national soccer team to get through to the finals of the FIFA Women's World Cup. On 9 July, former Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) employee Karina Maruyama was brought on as a substitute and scored a last-minute goal that enabled the Japanese team to beat host-nation Germany. Maruyama told the Chunichi Shimbun newspaper that she cried when she later read a message on her blog from a former colleague working at the Fukushima Daiichi plant saying that the goal had "renewed our will to work and strive together." Maruyama, who currently plays for Japanese club JEF United Ladies, worked at the plant between 2005 and 2009 while playing for Mareese, a club sponsored by Tepco. Japan went on to beat Sweden in the semi-finals on 13 July and will now face the USA in the finals in Frankfurt on 17 July.

Task force reports on US plant safety

Located in: Regulation and Safety

14 July 2011

While already considered safe, US nuclear power plants should improve their preparedness for major accidents and ensure that back-up power sources would be available, a task force has recommended to the country's regulator. The group also suggested ways of improving the USA's nuclear safety framework.

Kan's vision opens nuclear debate

Located in: Nuclear Policies

14 July 2011

Naoto Kan, 13 July 2011The debate on Japan's future energy policy has started early with some seemingly contradictory statements from politicians.

Two-step stress tests for Japanese plants

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 July 2011

Japanese reactors shut for periodic inspections would be able to restart after successfully completing the initial step of 'stress tests', while all units would be subjected to more comprehensive tests in a second stage.


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