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Further delay to completion of Rokkasho facilities

Waste and Recycling

28 December 2017

Rokkasho (JNFL) 68x48Japan Nuclear Fuel Limited has announced a further three-year delay in the schedule for completing the Rokkasho reprocessing plant and J-MOX mixed-oxide fuel fabrication plant. The delay is due to additional regulatory requirements.

Kansai opts to retire older Ohi units

Waste and Recycling

22 December 2017

Ohi units 1 and 2 - 48Kansai Electric Power Company has today announced that it will not seek permission to restart units 1 and 2 of its Ohi nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui Prefecture. The company will now apply to decommission the two 1175 MWe pressurised water reactors, which are approaching 40 years old.

High court orders suspension of Ikata 3 operation

Regulation and Safety

13 December 2017

Ikata plant - 48A Japanese high court has today overruled a lower court decision that allowed Shikoku Electric Power Company to continue operating unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture. Ikata 3 is one of five units that have so far restarted since Japan took all its operable reactors offline for safety checks following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa units pass safety inspections

Regulation and Safety

27 December 2017

Kashiwazaki Kariwa units 6 and 7 - 48Units 6 and 7 of Tokyo Electric Power Company's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture meet Japan's new regulatory standards, the Nuclear Regulation Authority announced today. They are the first of the country's boiling water reactors determined to meet the standards.

Kansai applies for key restart checks at Mihama unit

Regulation and Safety

15 December 2017

Mihama NPP 48Kansai Electric Power Company has applied to the Japanese regulator for pre-service inspections of unit 3 of its Mihama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. These inspections mark the final regulatory stage in the restart procedure for the country's reactors.

Korean research reactor resumes operation


12 December 2017

Hanaro research reactor - 48The Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute has restarted the 30 MWt High-flux Advanced Neutron Application Reactor (Hanaro), which has been offline for the past three-and-a-half years. During this period, the reactor has undergone safety upgrades.