Jul 10, 2015

Kyushu Electric finishes loading fuel into nuclear reactor

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has completed loading nuclear fuel into a reactor at its Sendai Nuclear Power Station, a step toward rebooting the first atomic facility after meeting stringent safety standards the central government introduced after the 2011 Fukushima meltdowns. The last rod assembly ...

Jun 11, 2015

Tohoku Electric to postpone restart of two nuclear reactors

Tohoku Electric Power Co. plans to postpone restarting two of its idled nuclear reactors by around a year, officials with the regional power utility said Thursday. The No. 1 reactor at the Higashidori plant in Aomori Prefecture and the No. 2 reactor at the ...

Apr 17, 2015

Current nonnuclear power capacity should suffice for summer: METI

Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity this summer, the industry ministry said Thursday, meaning electricity supply will be sufficient during the high-demand season even if none of the country’s nuclear reactors resumes operation by then. Although the government is ...

Mar 19, 2015

Kyushu Electric aims to restart Sendai plant reactor in June

Kyushu Electric Power Co. has submitted a plan to the Nuclear Regulation Authority to restart the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in June, sources close to the matter said Thursday. It’s the first time a schedule for restarting ...

Tepco to mull rate hike if it can't restart Niigata nuclear complex

Feb 16, 2015

Tepco to mull rate hike if it can't restart Niigata nuclear complex

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said it will need to consider raising electricity rates for the first time since 2012 unless it can restart the world’s biggest nuclear plant. Resumption of the Kashiwazaki Kariwa station in Niigata Prefecture is essential for sustaining profits, Tepco President ...

Feb 6, 2015

Kyushu Electric still preparing Sendai nuclear reactor papers

Kyushu Electric Power Co. is still preparing documents needed for two reactors at its Sendai nuclear power station in Kagoshima Prefecture to pass regulatory examinations that will enable their restart, over four months after they were given the green light, officials said Thursday. The ...

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Feb 4, 2015

Two idled Kepco reactors to get safety OK next week

Two more idled nuclear reactors, in Fukui Prefecture, are set to obtain safety clearance from regulators, sources said, giving another boost to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive atomic power following the 2011 triple meltdown at Tepco’s Fukushima No. 1 plant. Reactors 3 ...