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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
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