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Singapore nuclear study stays on track

Located in: Industry Talk

11 April 2011

The recent incidents at Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant will not derail Singapore's ongoing pre-feasibility study on nuclear energy, senior minister of state for trade and industry S Iswaran has told the Singapore Parliament. In answer to members of parliament who asked whether the government would now reconsider the pre-feasibility study, Iswaran was emphatic that it would continue. "On the contrary, what happened in Fukushima makes it all the more important that we conduct such a study, and build our knowledge and understanding of nuclear energy," he said. Even on completion of the pre-feasibility study, the country would still be "a long way from making any decisions on nuclear energy for Singapore per se," he said, but noted that several other countries in the region, including Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, had announced plans for nuclear energy. "Therefore, even if we do not proceed with nuclear energy for Singapore, we need to understand its implications," he said.

Aftershock temporarily halts Fukushima cooling

Located in: Regulation and Safety

11 April 2011

Power to cooling pumps at Fukushima Daiichi units 1, 2 and 3 was disrupted for around fifty minutes after a new powerful aftershock. Power supplies to other reactors in the region were not affected. The government announced that it is considering expanding the evacuation zone around the plant.

Tsunami countermeasures for Kashiwazaki Kariwa

Located in: Regulation and Safety

08 April 2011

Tsunami defences at Kashiwazaki Kariwa (Image: Tepco)Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) has released details of steps it is taking to protect the seven-unit Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station from future tsunamis. The company has also lifted a program of rolling power blackouts.

New earthquake disrupts grid power

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 April 2011

Another powerful off shore earthquake has hit Japan's northeast. Diesel generators have replaced grid power at Higashidori  nuclear power plant and the Rokkasho reprocessing facility but there has been no effect on safety at Fukushima Daiichi.

Mega-Float readies for service at Fukushima

Located in: Regulation and Safety

07 April 2011

Mega-Float (Image: trust.org)A vast floating structure dubbed Mega-Float is being prepared to store contaminated water from the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Northeast Japan was hit by another earthquake today as the cost of the 11 March disasters was put at up to $290 billion.

Prepare for a new nuclear industry

Located in: Nuclear Policies

06 April 2011

The nuclear power industry will change in the years after the Fukushima accident but the need for the technology will not, said industry leaders today in Chicago at the first major conference since the crisis began.

Fukushima leak plugged; nitrogen approved

Located in: Regulation and Safety

06 April 2011

Tepco has succeeded in plugging a crack in a concrete shaft through which contaminated water from unit 2 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant had been leaking into the sea. Meanwhile, the company is considering injecting nitrogen gas into the reactor vessel of another reactor.

Amano calls for safety improvements

Located in: Regulation and Safety

05 April 2011

As the International Atomic Energy Agency holds its first major international nuclear safety meeting following the crisis at Fukushima, director general Yukiya Amano has called for more to be done to strengthen nuclear power plant safety.

Large release of water

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 April 2011

Thousands of tonnes of contaminated water are to be discharged from Fukushima Daiichi to give plant operators a better chance to manage more serious contamination. Recent results from food sampling show an improving situation.

Leakage traced to crack in Fukushima shaft

Located in: Regulation and Safety

04 April 2011

Fukushima: Shaft filled with concrete (Tepco)A crack in a system of concrete trenches and tunnels has been identified as a possible route through which water has been leaking to the sea from Fukushima Daiichi unit 2. Work is under way to seal the crack.


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