Jul 10, 2014

Approaching reactor restarts encourage utilities to sell bonds

The Nuclear Regulation Authority is moving toward the first reactor restart under its new safety requirements since the Fukushima disaster started, giving impetus to bond sales by utilities as borrowing costs plunge. The regulator may submit a safety report on two reactors at Kyushu ...

Toshiba nearing Bulgaria nuclear reactor deal

Jul 3, 2014

Toshiba nearing Bulgaria nuclear reactor deal

Toshiba Corp. is close to striking a deal to build a nuclear reactor for a Bulgarian state-owned utility firm for about ¥500 billion, company sources said Thursday. The Japanese firm plans to build the reactor with output capacity of around 1.1 million kilowatts through ...

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

| May 22, 2014

Oi ruling may fuel anti-nuclear push

by Eric Johnston

Wednesday’s court ruling blocking restarts of the No. 3 and 4 reactors at Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi plant may embolden opponents of nuclear power nationwide. It creates a legal precedent and could fuel resistance to restarts, throwing into question whether the administration of ...

May 14, 2014

NRA blames plant operators for prolonged reactor safety checks

The head of the Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday that nuclear power plant operators, rather than regulators, are the ones to blame for the prolonged safety review of reactors that started last July. “We are working hard so that the assessment process will be ...

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

Apr 25, 2014

Costs keep mounting for idled reactors

by Aaron Sheldrick and Osamu Tsukimori

Since March 2011, the government has focused on the cost of cleaning up after Fukushima, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Now, the bill is coming due for another unbudgeted consequence of that calamity — shutting down the nation’s 48 remaining nuclear reactors for ...

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Mar 13, 2014

Sendai reactors at front of safety review line

Nuclear regulators decided Thursday to prioritize safety reviews for two reactors at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, which could mean they are the closest in the nation to restarting. Seventeen reactors at 10 power plants are awaiting inspection to determine whether they satisfy ...

Tepco lets media into Fukushima control room

Feb 27, 2014

Tepco lets media into Fukushima control room

Tokyo Electric Power Co. allowed media representatives into the central control room for reactors 1 and 2 at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power station on Wednesday for the first time since the nuclear crisis started in March 2011. Inside the room, traces could ...

Feb 20, 2014

NRA to name reactors sailing through review

The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Wednesday it will judge in the next two or three weeks whether any reactor undergoing a safety review could enter the final stage of the process toward resuming operations. After narrowing down the list of reactors that appear free ...