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.
- 23 March, 2018 Ohi-3 Becomes Japan’s First 1000MW-Class NPP to Be Restarted
- 19 March, 2018 Genkai Town Assembly Approves Proposal Seeking New NPP Construction
- 16 March, 2018 FEPC Adheres to Policy of MOX Fuel Use at 16 to 18 NPPs
- 20 February, 2018 Chugoku Electric Power Applies to NRA for Compatibility Examination for Shimane-3
- 5 February, 2018 Seven of Japan’s Ten Power Companies See Falling Profits Due to Higher Fuel Costs: Key Is Restarting NPPs
- 5 February, 2018 Shikoku Electric Power Enjoys Increased Revenues after Ikata-3 Restart
- 2 February, 2018 Capacity Factor of Sendai-1 Last Year Was 106.7%
- 31 January, 2018 With Kashiwazaki Kariwa-6 & 7 Approved, JAIF President Hopes Other BWRs Will Get the Green Light, Too
- 15 January, 2018 ANRE Head Meets Niigata Governor on Kashiwazaki Kariwa, Delivers Document from METI Minister
- 27 December, 2017 Kashiwazaki Kariwa 6 & 7 Clear Safety Examinations, First BWRs
- 12 December, 2017 JAEA Officially Classifies Monju Fast Reactor as “Closed Down”
- 28 November, 2017 Fukui Governor Agrees to Restart Ohi-3 and Ohi-4 NPPs, with Local Procedures Complete
- 28 November, 2017 JAPC Files Application for Permission to Extend Lifetime of Tokai-2 NPP to 60 Years
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.