Fukushima response rss

Operational safety improves at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa

Regulation and Safety

09 August 2017

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa (Tepco)_48Tokyo Electric Power Company has addressed many of the recommendations made following a 2015 assessment of operational safety at its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, the IAEA says work should continue in some areas.

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.

Japan puts fifth reactor back into operation

Corporate

06 June 2017

Takahama units 3 and 4 - 48Unit 3 of the Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan's Fukui prefecture was restarted today, plant owner Kansai Electric Power Company has announced. Takahama 4 - which had also been kept offline since March 2016 by a court injunction - was restarted last month, joining three other reactors in operation.

Japan to benefit from reactor restarts, says IEEJ

Nuclear Policies

03 August 2017

A total of ten Japanese nuclear power reactors are likely to have been restarted by the end of March 2019, according to the latest estimate by the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ). These restarts will help improve the country's economy, energy security and environment, it says.

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.

Swiss voters approve gradual nuclear phase out

Nuclear Policies

22 May 2017

Switzerland voted in a referendum yesterday to approve a revision to the country's energy policy that promotes the use of renewable energy sources and energy conservation. The revised Federal Energy Act also prohibits the construction of new nuclear power plants.