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Toshiba granted extension to accounting deadline

Corporate

23 June 2017

Japan's Toshiba Corporation has been granted an extension to the deadline for the submission of its audited earnings results for the 2016 financial year, which ended on 31 March. At the same time, the company has slightly revised its annual loss estimate.

Robot ready to inspect Fukushima Daiichi 3 vessel

Regulation and Safety

15 June 2017

Toshiba-IRID ROV for FD3 PCV - 48An underwater robot has been developed to inspect the flooded primary containment vessel of unit 3 at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan. The robot is expected to be deployed in the coming months, following the training of operators.

Hitachi stresses joint responsibility of UK project

Corporate

12 June 2017

Hitachi has stressed the importance to its UK nuclear business of a "one team" project management structure based on collaboration between three companies. Hitachi, which acquired Horizon Nuclear Power in 2012 as a wholly owned subsidiary, is partnering with US and Japanese engineering firms Bechtel and JGC.

Monju decommissioning plan approved

Waste and Recycling

16 June 2017

Monju FBR - 48The basic plan for decommissioning Japan's Monju prototype fast breeder reactor has been officially adopted by the government-appointed team to oversee the task. According to the plan, decommissioning of Monju is expected to take 30 years to complete.

Court ruling clears path for restart of Genkai units

Regulation and Safety

13 June 2017

Genkai plant - 48A court in Japan has dismissed a request for an injunction against the restart of units 3 and 4 of Kyushu Electric Power Company's Genkai nuclear power plant in Saga Prefecture. The court sided with the utility in deciding the units are safe to operate.

Kansai prepares Mihama 3 for 60 years of operation

Regulation and Safety

08 June 2017

Mihama NPP 48Kansai Electric Power Company has decided to operate unit 3 of the Mihama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui Prefecture beyond 40 years. The company has drawn up a plan for safety improvement works at the unit, which has already received regulatory approval to operate for a further 20 years.