Nuclear developers have big plans for small power plants in U.K.

Aug 25, 2016

Nuclear developers have big plans for small power plants in U.K.

Miniature nuclear power plants could help solve Britain’s looming power crunch, rather than the delayed $24 billion Hinkley project, companies developing the technology say. Small modular reactors (SMRs) using current or new technology would be able to produce around a tenth of the electricity ...

Seoul, Washington slam North Korea's plutonium claims

Aug 18, 2016

Seoul, Washington slam North Korea's plutonium claims

North Korea’s claim that it has restarted production of plutonium was met with indignation from South Korea and a rebuke from Washington. “If North Korea has produced plutonium as reported, it is violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that bans all nuclear-related activities,” ...

Aug 17, 2016

Kansai Electric starts removing fuel from Takahama reactor No. 4

Kansai Electric Power Co. on Wednesday began removing fuel assemblies from the No. 4 reactor at its Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture. The removal is the result of a preliminary injunction issued in early March by the Otsu District Court in neighboring Shiga ...

Aug 15, 2016

U.S. mulls long-term, bomb-grade uranium exports to Belgium

The U.S. nuclear regulator is considering long-term shipments of weapons-grade uranium to a medical research reactor in security-challenged Belgium, something critics say would set back global anti-proliferation efforts. With a final decision still months away, the Belgian Nuclear Research Center is seeking permission from ...

Ikata nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor begins generating power

Aug 15, 2016

Ikata nuclear plant's No. 3 reactor begins generating power

The Ikata nuclear plant began generating electricity Monday, ahead of its planned reconnection to the grid on Sept. 7, operator Shikoku Electric Power Co. said. The plant in Ehime Prefecture is one of only two nuclear power stations currently operating in Japan, despite the ...

Aug 15, 2016

Kumamoto quakes raise fears over restart at Ikata nuclear plant

People living near Shikoku Electric Power Co.’s Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime Prefecture fear a repeat of the Fukushima disaster, especially after devastating quakes shook Kyushu in April. The plant’s No. 3 reactor was fired up Friday, leading some to anticipate economic benefits for ...

Ikata nuclear reactor to restart on Friday morning

Aug 10, 2016

Ikata nuclear reactor to restart on Friday morning

Shikoku Electric Power Co. said Wednesday it will reactivate the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture around 9 a.m. on Friday. It will be the first time in some five years and three months for the reactor to ...