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G7 highlights technology-driven clean energy transition

G7 highlights technology-driven clean energy transition

The Group of Seven countries will lead a technology-driven transition to net zero, according to a joint statement at the end of their three-day summit in Cornwall, England. The G7 is an inter-governmental political forum consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the USA. As host of the first in-person G7 Summit in almost two years, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson asked the other leaders "to seize the opportunity to fight and build back better from coronavirus, uniting to make the future fairer, greener and more prosperous".

Energy & Environment 14 June 2021


NuScale signs agreements at home and abroad

NuScale signs agreements at home and abroad

Japanese heavy-industry engineering and manufacturing company IHI Corporation is to invest in small modular reactor developer NuScale Power and become a strategic supplier for NuScale plants under a new commercial agreement between the two companies. Separately, NuScale has announced it is working with public electric utility Grant County Public Utility District to explore the deployment of nuclear energy in central Washington state.

Corporate 27 May 2021


June date set for Mihama restart

June date set for Mihama restart

Kansai Electric Power Co has announced plans to restart Mihama unit 3 in June. The unit will return to full operations in July, but Takahama units 1 and 2 will not be able restart until further facilities are completed at those units.

Regulation & Safety 12 May 2021


Fukushima Daini decommissioning plan approved

Fukushima Daini decommissioning plan approved

Japan's nuclear regulator today approved Tokyo Electric Power Company's decommissioning plan for the four reactors at its Fukushima Daini nuclear power plant, close to the damaged Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Regulation & Safety 28 April 2021


Fukui governor approves restart of three reactors

Fukui governor approves restart of three reactors

The governor of Japan's Fukui Prefecture today approved the restart of three reactors owned by Kansai Electric Power Company - Takahama units 1 and 2, and Mihama unit 3. His consent was the final approval needed for the reactors - all aged over 40 years old - to resume operation.

Regulation & Safety 28 April 2021


Regulator bans fuel loading at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Regulator bans fuel loading at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority has today issued an administrative order to Tokyo Electric Power Company preventing it from transporting nuclear fuel stored at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant or loading it into reactors. The order - issued in response to a series of security breaches at the site - will delay Tepco's planned restart of unit 7 at the plant in Niigata Prefecture.

Regulation & Safety 14 April 2021


Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

Fukushima Daiichi water to be discharged into sea

The Japanese government today announced its formal decision that the treated water stored at the Fukushima Daiichi site will be discharged into the sea. Tokyo Electric Power Company is expected to start discharging the mildly-radioactive water in 2023 in line with international standards and regulations.

Regulation & Safety 13 April 2021


Japan's JGC invests in NuScale Power

Japan's JGC invests in NuScale Power

Japanese engineering, procurement, and construction firm JGC Holdings Corporation has agreed to invest USD40 million in small modular reactor developer NuScale Power. It will also partner with Fluor Corporation - NuScale's majority investor - on the deployment of NuScale power plants.

New Nuclear 06 April 2021


Mixed court rulings for Japanese reactors

Mixed court rulings for Japanese reactors

The Hiroshima High Court today overturned a temporary injunction against the operation of unit 3 at Shikoku Electric Power Company's Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture. Meanwhile, the Mito District Court has ordered a suspension of the operation of unit 2 at Japan Atomic Power Company's Tokai plant in Ibaraki prefecture.

Regulation & Safety 18 March 2021


Security lapses impact Kashiwazaki-Kariwa restart

Security lapses impact Kashiwazaki-Kariwa restart

Tokyo Electric Power Company has failed in its duty to protect nuclear materials at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Niigata Prefecture, according to Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority. A series of security breaches has prompted the regulator to suspend the process for inspections needed to restart unit 7 at the plant.

Regulation & Safety 17 March 2021