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20 February, 2018

Chugoku Electric Power Applies to NRA for Compatibility Examination for Shimane-3

On February 16, Japan's Chugoku Electric Power Co. announced that it would apply to the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA) for permission to start operation of its Shimane-3 Nuclear Power Plant (ABWR, 1,373MW), located in Matsue (Shimane Prefecture). The construction of the reactor is almost complete.

Shimane NPPsThe announcement came after the NRA approved standard ground motion (Ss, the basic design earthquake ground motion) for Shimane-2 (BWR, 820MWe) at an evaluation meeting. Shimane-3 is the second unit still under construction for which a compatibility examination is being sought. The other is the Ohma NPP (ABWR, 1,383MWe), owned by the Electric Power Development Co. (EPDC, or J-Power), located in Aomori Prefecture. After the meeting, a representative from Chugoku Electric Power in charge of the matter met the press, stating, "As the determination of standard ground motion had been a major turning point, we will now file an application for Shimane-3." He continued by saying that his company would now try to obtain the consent of both the prefecture and local municipalities toward the filin...more
5 February, 2018

Usage Rate of Locally-Produced Materials in Fukushima Prefecture School Lunches Returns to Pre-Accident Levels

On February 1, Fukushima Prefecture announced that the usage rate of locally-produced materials in school lunches served at schools in its jurisdiction was 35.6 percent in fiscal year 2017, returning effectively to the level that had existed before the March 2011 nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants.

The rate had been 36.1 percent in FY10, but dropped to 18.3 percent in FY12, after the accident. Since then, though, the rate has been steadily recovering. Fukushima Prefecture's locally-produced rate for school lunches is already higher than the national average of twenty-five percent, with a target of forty percent set for FY20. Said the person in charge, "There are still parents who are concerned about this, and it is natural for them to be so. We will listen closely to them as we continue our inspections and public information activities."   FY2010 FY2011 FY2012 FY2013 FY2014 FY2015 FY2016 FY2017 36.1% NA 18.3% 19.1% 21.9% 27.3% 32.3% 35.6%   The ingredients used in lunches prepared at 310 facilities in the prefecture were checked ite...more
5 February, 2018

Seven of Japan’s Ten Power Companies See Falling Profits Due to Higher Fuel Costs: Key Is Restarting NPPs

On January 31, Japan's ten major power companies announced their fiscal results for the first three quarters of fiscal 2017 (that is, from April to December 2017). Ordinary profits at seven of them declined year-on-year, the exceptions being the Hokuriku Electric Power Co., the Shikoku Electric Power Co., and the Okinawa Electric Power Co.

The rising prices of the fuels used in thermal power plants—specifically, crude oil and liquefied natural gas (LNG)—were the primary reason for the falling profits. Also having a negative effect on the companies' balance sheets was the loss of customers owing to the full deregulation of the retail power market in Japan, which took effect in April 2016. Nine of the power companies—all but the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP)—experienced higher fuel costs, and for some, including the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), increases were on the order of twenty percent. Ordinary profit for the Hokkaido Electric Power Co. was halved, while that for the Chubu Electric Power Co. fell 26.2 percent. Ordinary profit for the Tohoku Electric Power Co. decreased by 18.2 percent, with that for TEP...more
5 February, 2018

Shikoku Electric Power Enjoys Increased Revenues after Ikata-3 Restart

On January 30, Japan's Shikoku Electric Power Co. released its consolidated accounts for the third quarter of FY2017 (April 2017 to March 2018).

Partly due to increased quantities of electric power sold to other power utilities thanks to the resumption of operations at its Ikata-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 890MWe), the company's operating revenues were JPY534.2 billion (USD4.86 billion at USD1=JPY110), a 7.5 percent increase year-on-year. Shikoku Electric Power's sales for the full fiscal year are now expected to reach JPY720 billion (USD6.55 billion), JPY10 billion (USD90 million) more than was projected in April. The Ikata-3 NPP was restarted in August 2016 after clearing an examination by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to confirm safety under the new regulatory standards. It has since been operated without disruption, generating 4.05TWh of electricity, a 36.8 percent increase year-on-year, until entering a periodic...more

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