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6 July, 2018

NRA Draft Report: Tokai-2 NPP Complies with New Regulatory Standards

On July 4, the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) of Japan issued a review report draft finding that the Tokai-2 Nuclear Power Plant (BWR, 1100MWe), owned and operated by the Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC), complied with the country’s new regulatory standards for nuclear power plants issued after the March 2001 earthquake and tsunami disaster.

Tokai-2 is the third boiling water reactor (BWR) to be granted permission to make changes to its reactor installation (basic design approval), following TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki Kariwa-6 and -7 NPPs in December 2017. The report draft will be officially approved following a period for public comments. To protect the reactor from tsunamis, JAPC included an embankment seawall when it filed applications for safety examinations in May 2014. For flood protection, though, the design was changed to a “steel pipe-pile reinforced-concrete tide wall” to guard against repeated run-up tides, as well as to improve seismic margins. Specifically, the design calls for large-caliber, thick-walled steel pipe piles with the strength to withstand earthquakes and tsunamis, supported by the underlying bedrock. ...more
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