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EDF faces €100 billion reactor upgrade bill, says audit office

Regulation and Safety

11 February 2016

French utility EDF will need to spend some €100 billion ($113 billion) on upgrading its fleet of 58 nuclear power reactors by 2030, the country's state audit office has said. The upgrades are needed to meet new safety requirements and to extend the lives of the units beyond 40 years.

Third Japanese reactor resumes operation

Corporate

29 January 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48Kansai Electric Power Company today restarted unit 3 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui prefecture. The company soon plans to start loading fuel into unit 4 at the plant ahead of its restart.

Ikata 3 back-up emergency building planned

Regulation and Safety

19 January 2016

Ikata NPP - 48Shikoku Electric Power Company has applied to the Japanese regulator to construct a back-up emergency response building at unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime prefecture.

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall equipment in place

Regulation and Safety

10 February 2016

Fukushima Daiichi ice wall - 48The installation of the equipment required for forming a wall of frozen soil at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to prevent groundwater entering the reactor buildings has been completed. Approval from the Japanese regulator must be sought before the creation of the wall itself can begin.

IAEA praises reform of Japan's nuclear regulator

Regulation and Safety

22 January 2016

IRRS mission to Japan - Jamet - Jan 2016 - 48Japan's nuclear regulator has "demonstrated independence and transparency" since it was established in 2012, an International Atomic Energy Agency peer review mission has concluded. However, it suggests the regulator needs to bolster its technical competence ahead of the restart of more of Japan's nuclear facilities.

Fuel removal machine for Fukushima Daiichi 3

Waste and Recycling

18 January 2016

Toshiba fuel removal system for FD3 - 48A remotely operated system will be supplied by Toshiba for the removal of the remaining debris and fuel assemblies from the used fuel pool of the damaged unit 3 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. Meanwhile, Nukem Technologies will conduct feasibility studies on the development of further technologies for the plant's decommissioning.