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29 March, 2018

Ikata-2 NPP to Be Decommissioned – Would Not be Profitable Beyond Forty Years

On March 27, Japan’s Shikoku Electric Power Co. decided to permanently shut down its Ikata-2 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 566MWe), located in Ikata Town, Ehime Prefecture. It has been about thirty-six years since the unit was first commissioned, and to extend its permitted operating lifetime from forty to sixty years would require a huge investment for the safety measures required to comply with Japan’s new regulatory standards.

Ikata NPPsPrior to the decision, the power utility had been examining the possibility of restarting the unit. With power demand in the Shikoku area having been declining, however, it eventually determined that continued operation would not be profitable. The Ikata-2 NPP, which entered commercial service in 1982, was originally authorized to operate until 2022, some forty years after operation began. With approval from the Nuclear Regulatory Authority of Japan (NRA), its operating lifetime could have been extended a maximum of another twenty years, but that would have required funds exceeding a total of JPY100 billion (USD952 million at USD1=JPY105) to carry out safety measures, including seismic retrofitting. Given the unit’s small output of just 566MW, the sticking point was that no major improv...more
28 March, 2018

Thoughts on the Resumption of Operation at the Ohi-3 and Genkai-3 NPPs

On March 14, the Ohi-3 (PWR, 1180MWe) of the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai-EP) resumed operation, followed by the Genkai-3 (PWR, 1180MWe) of the Kyushu Electric Power Co., on March 23. That brings the total number of the country’s nuclear power plants clearing the new post-2011 safety regulations to seven.

JAIF President TakahashiAdditionally, the Genkai-3, along with the Kansai-EP’s Takahama-3 and -4 and the Ikata-3 of the Shikoku Electric Power Co.—the latter three of which had previously been restarted—are partially using mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel. Despite the long time needed for the new regulatory inspections to be carried out, I wish to pay my respects again here to the regulators and nuclear operators for their response to them, having conducted them safely and without making any compromises. Kansai-EP has already successfully restarted the Takahama-3 and -4 NPPs, and Kyushu Electric Power the Sendai-1 and -2 NPPs, and I hope that the two power companies will use those experiences as a foundation toward the safe and steady resumption of operations at the two recently restarted reactors, ...more
27 March, 2018

Russia Lifts Bans on Marine Products from Japan; Those from Fukushima Still Require Additional Documentation

As of March 26, the Russian government had lifted almost all prohibitions on marine products from Japan that had been introduced due to fear of radioactive contamination in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants, owned and operated by the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO). Bans on marine products produced in Iwate, Miyagi, Yamagata, Ibaraki, Chiba and Niigata Prefectures have been fully lifted. Those from Fukushima Prefecture are accepted with additional documentation that they are free from contamination, and more.

After the accident, many countries banned the importation of foods from Japan. It is hoped that lifting of the Russian bans, including on products from Fukushima, will influence other countries and create a tail-wind effect toward normalization of exports of food products from Japan. Moscow's Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance, under the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, took the action on March 23. In April 2011, Russia banned imports from more than 200 marine processing companies in eight prefectures because of the nuclear accident in March 2011. In July 2015, it lifted the bans on items from Aomori Prefecture. When Minister of Foreign Affairs Taro Kono visited Moscow in November 2017, he asked First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Ivanovich S...more
23 March, 2018

Seventh NPP Restarted: Genkai-3

On March 23, the Genkai-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 1180MWe), owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co., in Genkai Town, Saga Prefecture, was restarted. It is the seventh NPP restarted under the new regulatory standards aimed at strengthening safety measures for nuclear power plants. The 6th, the Ohi-3 NPP, owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power (Kansai EP), in Ohi Town, Fukui Prefecture, was restarted on March 14. Seven years after the giant earthquake in March 2011, driven by the realities of supply and demand, Japan’s return to nuclear power is becoming clear.

Genkai NPPsThe Genkai-3 resumes operation after 7 years and three months. It is expected to achieve criticality tonight and connect to the grid on March 25. Mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel is included in the fuel for the unit. The Genkai-4 NPP, which cleared its compatibility examination by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) along with Unit 3, is expected to be restarted in May. The Kyushu Electric Power Co. foresees a monthly improvement of JPY9 billion (USD87 million at USD1=JPY104) to its income and expenditure situation through the returns to service of Genkai-3 and -4. It will, nevertheless, maintain its current power rates for the time being and focus on improving its weakened financial situation. There are eight municipalities in three prefectures – Saga, Fukuoka and Naga...more

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