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Reactor restarts pivotal to Japan's energy policy, says IEA

Nuclear Policies

22 September 2016

The restart of Japan's nuclear power reactors is "critical" to the success of the country's energy policy, according to the International Energy Agency. However, it says nuclear power can only be restored provided that the highest safety standards can be met and public trust regained.

Kansai details upgrade work at oldest Takahama units

Regulation and Safety

09 September 2016

Takahama 48Kansai Electric Power Company has released a plan of safety improvement works it will carry out to extend the operating periods of units 1 and 2 of its Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture beyond 40 years. Regulatory approval for operating the units for up to 60 years has already been granted.

Kyushu rejects call for suspension of Sendai units

Regulation and Safety

05 September 2016

Sendai - 48 (JAIF)Kyushu Electric Power Company has rejected a request from the governor of Japan's Kagoshima prefecture that operation of units 1 and 2 of the Sendai nuclear power plant be suspended immediately for safety checks. The company said it will continue operating the units until they enter routine scheduled outages later this year.

Further delay in completion of Ohma plant

New Nuclear

12 September 2016

Japan Electric Power Development Corp has announced a further two-year delay in the construction of additional safety measures at unit 1 of the Ohma nuclear power plant, being built in Japan's Aomori prefecture. Construction of the unit is now expected to be completed in late 2023 or early 2024.

Ikata 3 back in commercial operation

Corporate

07 September 2016

Ikata plant - 48Unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture has resumed commercial operation, Shikoku Electric Power Company announced today. Only two other Japanese reactors are currently in commercial operation.

Production starts on MOX fuel for Takahama unit

Uranium and Fuel

02 September 2016

France's Areva has started fabrication of 16 mixed-oxide fuel assemblies for use in unit 4 of the Takahama nuclear power plant, Kansai Electric Power Company announced on 30 August. Although the unit is one of five Japanese reactors to have been restarted, a court injunction has suspended its operation.