May 10, 2017

Kepco eyes restarting Takahama reactor on May 17

Kansai Electric Power Co. is planning to reactivate an idled nuclear reactor on the Sea of Japan coast on May 17 at the earliest, sources close to the matter said Tuesday. The planned restart of the reactor 4 at the Takahama plant in Fukui ...

Jan 19, 2017

Nuclear watchdog calls for pipe checkups at reactors after damage found

The Nuclear Regulation Authority will prioritize air conditioning and ventilation pipe checks at key facilities of nuclear power reactors that have passed safety screenings, including plants already brought back online. The decision Wednesday came after significant corrosion and holes were found in ventilation pipes ...

Full-scale model used to test decommissioning for Fukushima reactor

Nov 29, 2016

Full-scale model used to test decommissioning for Fukushima reactor

A research institute has used a full-size mock-up of part of a nuclear reactor to conduct trial decommissioning experiments for use on the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 plant. The International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning (IRID) carried out the experiments Tuesday using a 20-meter ...

Apr 21, 2016

Fears grow as Takahama reactors near restart


As two aging reactors in the town of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, move toward restart, safety concerns are growing in neighboring prefectures and municipalities within 30 km of the plant. Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama No. 1 and 2 reactors are over 40 years old, ...