On February 14, the Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) released a video showing a device with two “fingers” at the end lifting pebble-shaped deposits suspected of being melted nuclear fuel (debris) at the bottom of a reactor primary containment vessel (PCV). The recording was made during an investigation undertaken on the 13th at the Fukushima Daiichi-2 Nuclear Power Plant (BWR, 784MWe). The pebble deposits, shown clearly, were of different shapes and sizes. Of the ten locations where the device made contact with them, they could not be moved at three.
- 12 February, 2019 Dismantling of Exhaust Stack at Fukushima Daiichi-1 and -2 to Start in May
- 4 February, 2019 Overview of Fact-Finding Survey of the Japanese Nuclear Industry 2017 (through March 2018)
- 1 February, 2019 JAEA Achieves 150 Hours of Continuous Hydrogen Production Toward Utilization of Heat from HTGRs
- 30 January, 2019 JAIF President Takahashi Regrets Freezing of Japanese Nuclear Power Project in the UK
- 30 January, 2019 In Anticipation of Next Year’s Olympics, Reception Held to Expand Sales of Fukushima Products
- 24 January, 2019 Hitachi President Alarmed about Future Human Resources as Company Freezes Project in Britain
- 11 January, 2019 At New Year’s Party, JAIF Chairman Imai Stresses Necessity of Securing and Fostering Nuclear Human Resources
- 11 January, 2019 Outlook for Energy Supply and Demand for Japan in Fiscal 2019 Sees Slower Adoption of Non-fossil Power Sources
- 28 December, 2018 JAIF President Emphasizes High Expectations Overseas for Japan’s Quality and Technological Strength
- 28 December, 2018 Japan Radioisotope Association Hopes for Increased Medical Usage of Radioisotopes
- 26 December, 2018 Strategic Road Map for Fast Reactor Development Finalized, with METI Minister Seko Urging Consistent, Continuous Efforts
- 26 December, 2018 Students Battle in Contest of Robots to Remove Fuel Debris
- 26 December, 2018 Kansai Economic Federation Releases Written Opinion on Energy and Environmental Policy, Urging Maximum Use of Nuclear Energy
Kansai EP Reviews and Pushes Back Completion Dates for Safety Improvement Work at Three NPPs Granted Extended Lifetimes
On February 4, Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai EP) announced changes to its work schedule for safety improvement measures being carried out at its Takahama-1 and -2 and Mihama-3 Nuclear Power Plants (PWRs), and reported the changes to Fukui Prefecture.