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25 May, 2016

Economist Notes Large Risks Stemming from Indefinite Reactor Examination Periods

On May 17, Tomoko Murakami, senior economist at the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEE, Japan), gave a presentation at the Japan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) on changes in the domestic and global environments—a major topic in debates on the utilization of nuclear power.

Ms. MurakamiIn terms of the domestic business environment for nuclear power, the costs of thermal power—Japan's main substitute power source—have increased, as only two nuclear power plants have been restarted since the new regulatory standards came into effect, while those NPPs not operating continue to run up costs for maintenance and repair, safety measures, and more. Murakami noted the importance of paying attention to the investments being made by power companies. She said that extending the operating lifetimes of existing reactors, building new NPPs and maintaining a certain capacity factor were "necessary conditions" to achieve a 20% to 22% share for nuclear power among Japan's power sources by 2030 in the so-called "energy mix." The most economical power source varies from country to cou...more
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25 May, 2016

Meeting of All Japan Council of Local Governments with Atomic Power Stations Features Opinion Exchange with National Officials

On May 19, the All Japan Council of Local Governments with Atomic Power Stations held a general meeting in Tokyo to decide its FY16 activity plan, including a request that the national government and various organizations make constant efforts to reconstruct the area affected by the March 2001 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident, as well as to improve the effectiveness of nuclear safety regulations and measures to prevent disasters. Fuchikami was reelected chairman of the council.

In his opening message, Mayor Takanobu Fuchikami of Tsuruga City, who was reelected chairman of the council, expressed concern over new issues arising from the prolonged period of people living as evacuees, now that five years have elapsed since the Fukushima Daiichi accident. He stressed the need to keep carrying the message of the affected people and areas so as to promote the restart of nuclear power plants that meet the new regulatory standards. He also said it was necessary to steadily accumulate a record of safe operation toward the realization of the official long-term energy supply-demand outlook issued last summer. He went on to ask the national government to enhance measures to support siting areas following decommissioning, saying that the siting areas are themselves working ...more
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25 May, 2016

Kansai EP and JAPC Draw Up Measures for Regional Growth toward NPP Decommissioning

On May 19, the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) and the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC), presented to Fukui Prefecture and Tsuruga City work plans that they formulated for the next three years toward the decommissioning of the Mihama-1 and -2 and Tsuruga-1 Nuclear Power Plants, respectively.

JAPC's Tsuruga-1They also presented measures for development and employment, as well as the promotion of local industries. The plans were all based on decommissioning agreements concluded in February between the companies and the two local governments. The decommissioning plan for Kansai EP's Mihama-1 and -2, submitted to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), requires 30 years for the entire decommissioning process. Work for the three-year period to FY18—the first half of a preparatory period before dismantling—will include system decontamination, investigations of radioactivity inside the facilities, the removal of unused fuel assemblies, and the dismantling of equipment inside the turbine buildings. Total estimated costs are approximately JPY8 billion (USD 72.72 million at USD1=JPY110). With ...more

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