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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-1

They 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 the cooperation with the Wakasa Wan Energy Research Center, Kansai EP and JAPC will hold a meeting at the end of June to provide information to industries in the prefecture that may be interested in participating in the decommissioning work.

The two companies will also promote collaboration among industry, academia and the public sector in the areas of R&D and human resource development so as to strengthen the technological foundation for regional development and growth.

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