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Japan to benefit from reactor restarts, says IEEJ

Located in: Nuclear Policies

03 August 2017

A total of ten Japanese nuclear power reactors are likely to have been restarted by the end of March 2019, according to the latest estimate by the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). These restarts will help improve the country's economy, energy security and environment, it says.

Japanese marine sampling data reliable, says IAEA

Located in: Regulation and Safety

02 August 2017

Fukushima marine sediment sampling - 48Analyses by Japanese laboratories of seawater, marine sediment and fish samples taken from near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant produce reliable data, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency. The agency compared the results obtained from seven Japanese labs with those from three labs outside Japan.

Garoña licence renewal denied

Located in: Regulation and Safety

01 August 2017

Garona (Nuclenor) 65x48The Spanish government has denied the renewal of Nuclenor's operating licence for the Garoña nuclear power plant. The decision means the reactor - which has been offline for more than four years - will now enter the decommissioning phase.

Japan accepts nuclear policy guidance document

Located in: Nuclear Policies

25 July 2017

Japan's cabinet last week approved the draft Basic Concept on Nuclear Energy Use developed by the Japan Atomic Energy Commission. The concept - which will guide the country's future nuclear energy policy - calls for the promotion of the benefits of nuclear energy while minimising the risks of its use.

Tepco study of unit 3 containment vessel under way

Located in: Regulation and Safety

21 July 2017

Fukushima Daiichi 3 PCV survey - 22 July 2017 - 48UPDATED Tokyo Electric Power Company has confirmed the presence of what could be melted fuel and fallen debris within the lower part of the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Similar surveys using robots have already been carried out at units 1 and 2 of the plant.

Moon urged to halt South Korean nuclear exit

Located in: Nuclear Policies

05 July 2017

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been urged to consider the climate and environmental impacts of phasing out the use of nuclear energy in the country. Moon used the permanent shutdown of Kori unit 1 last month to outline his intended nuclear energy phase-out policy.

Ikata 1 decommissioning gets regulatory approval

Located in: Regulation and Safety

29 June 2017

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has approved a plan to decommission unit 1 of Shikoku Electric Power Company's Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime prefecture. The reactor was due to end its 40-year operating period in September this year and could have applied to the NRA to extend its licence for a further 20 years if it invested in upgrade work.

Robot ready to inspect Fukushima Daiichi 3 vessel

Located in: Regulation and Safety

15 June 2017

Toshiba-IRID ROV for FD3 PCV - 48An underwater robot has been developed to inspect the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The robot is expected to be deployed in the coming months, following the training of operators.

Areva-EWN to dismantle Brunsbüttel internals

Located in: Waste and Recycling

09 June 2017

Brunsbuttel NPP - 48Vattenfall has awarded a contract to dismantle and package the reactor pressure vessel internals of the Brunsbüttel nuclear power plant in Germany to the Areva-EWN Consortium. The work should be completed by 2020.

Kansai prepares Mihama 3 for 60 years of operation

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 June 2017

Mihama NPP 48Kansai Electric Power Company has decided to operate unit 3 of the Mihama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui Prefecture beyond 40 years. The company has drawn up a plan for safety improvement works at the unit, which has already received regulatory approval to operate for a further 20 years.


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