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EDF and MHI consider collaboration


28 June 2016

French utility EDF and Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries have today signed a memorandum of understanding for collaboration in civil nuclear power, including MHI taking a stake in Areva NP and joint development of the Atmea reactor design.

Injunction remains on operation of Takahama reactors

Regulation and Safety

17 June 2016

Takahama 3 and 4 - 48The Otsu District Court has today upheld an injunction that has kept units 3 and 4 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant offline since March. The Japanese utility announced it will remove the fuel from the units.

Japanese research reactor materials arrive in USA

Waste and Recycling

07 June 2016

A shipment of plutonium and highly enriched uranium from Japan Atomic Energy Agency's (JAEA) Fast Critical Assembly reactor has arrived at two US Department of Energy sites. Japan and the USA announced their commitment to remove the material at 2014 and 2016 nuclear summits.

Takahama units cleared for extended operation

Regulation and Safety

20 June 2016

Takahama 48The Japanese nuclear regulator has today approved the operation of units 1 and 2 of Kansai Electric Power Company's Takahama nuclear power plant for up to 60 years. They become the first Japanese units to be granted a licence extension beyond 40 years under revised regulations.

Test run for Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover installation

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2016

Fukushima Daiichi 3 cover test run - 48In preparation for the installation of a fuel removal machine and a protective cover over unit 3 of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan, workers have carried out a practice run of installing roof modules onto the base of the fuel handling machine.

New operator sought for Japan's Monju reactor

Regulation and Safety

01 June 2016

A committee considering the future of Japan Atomic Energy Agency's Monju prototype fast breeder reactor has set out the requirements for an alternative operator for it.