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Toshiba, AECOM expand decommissioning collaboration

Toshiba, AECOM expand decommissioning collaboration

Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation and AECOM of the USA have agreed to collaborate in providing decommissioning services to nuclear power plants in Japan.

Waste & Recycling 17 June 2019


Safety upgrade delays could take Japanese units offline

Safety upgrade delays could take Japanese units offline

Nuclear power reactors in Japan that have resumed operation could be forced to temporarily shut down again if back-up safety measures are not in place by specified deadlines under new rules approved by the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority. Operators of restarted units have already said they expect delays in the completion of such facilities.

Regulation & Safety 13 June 2019


MHI develops explosion-proof robot

MHI develops explosion-proof robot

Japan's Mitsubishi Heavy Industries has used the experience it has gained from developing robots for inspecting nuclear power plants in accident situations to develop an explosion-proof robot for inspecting and monitoring industrial facilities. A prototype EX ROVR robot has been tested at a Japanese oil refinery.

Regulation & Safety 10 June 2019


Fuel removal starts at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Fuel removal starts at Fukushima Daiichi 3

Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe visited the Fukushima Daiichi site today as the process to remove used fuel from unit 3 officially began. It has taken several years for Tepco to remove debris from the reactor building service floor and prepare for this work to reduce the hazard at the accident site.

Waste & Recycling 15 April 2019


Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Evacuation order lifted in Fukushima host town

Some residents of Okuma, the closest town to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, have today been allowed to return home. The evacuation order issued in 2011 has been lifted for the more mountainous and less inhabited western area, where around 380 of the town's former population of 10,500 lived.

Regulation & Safety 10 April 2019


Japanese energy policy needs clarity, says business group

Japanese energy policy needs clarity, says business group

Japan's leading business group has called for accelerated restarts of reactors, with the years spent offline to be added back onto their lifespans. The Japan Business Federation called for clarity in energy policy beyond 2030 to support development of the power sector to reflect significant social change.

Nuclear Policies 08 April 2019


Tepco and Chubu transfer fossil fuel assets to Jera JV

Tepco and Chubu transfer fossil fuel assets to Jera JV

The fossil fuel assets of Japanese utilities Tokyo Electric Power Company and Chubu Electric Company have been passed to their Jera joint venture, as a requirement of power market liberalisation, leaving them with transmission, distribution and retail businesses, and their nuclear plants.

Corporate 02 April 2019


Kansai awaits MOX return for Takahama 3 and 4

Kansai awaits MOX return for Takahama 3 and 4

Kansai Electric Power Company will receive a shipment of MOX fuel assemblies in 2020, according to a report in Asahi Shimbun. They would be used at Takahama 3 and 4, which are among the nine reactors operating in Japan. Mixed oxide fuel, or MOX, is nuclear fuel made from reprocessed plutonium and uranium.

Waste & Recycling 02 April 2019


Tepco completes Fukushima water storage upgrade

Tepco completes Fukushima water storage upgrade

Bolted flange tanks at Fukushima Daiichi, which had previously leaked, are no longer in use. Tokyo Electric Power Company has completed the transfer of the treated water to new welded tanks onsite while it awaits permission to discharge.

Regulation & Safety 28 March 2019


Japanese team extracts elements from vitrified waste

Japanese team extracts elements from vitrified waste

Japan's Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation has developed oxidation-reduction treatment technology that enables certain elements to be extracted from vitrified high-level radioactive waste. The technology will allow for the reuse of those elements and a reduction in the volume of high-level waste to be disposed of.

Waste & Recycling 19 March 2019