National 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 a ...

Asia Pacific Dec 22, 2014

South Korea prosecutors investigate data leak at nuclear power plants

Seoul prosecutors have launched an investigation into a leak of noncritical data at South Korea's nuclear power operator, the prosecutors' office said on Sunday, as worries mount about nuclear safety and potential cyberattacks from North Korea. An official with the prosecutors' office confirmed media reports ...

National Jun 18, 2014

Operator of Hamaoka nuclear plant says no active faults below site

The operator of the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka Prefecture said Wednesday its investigation found no active geological faults under or around the site, which was forced to shut down in 2011 after the plant's operation was deemed risky. Chubu Electric Power Co. plans ...

National Mar 28, 2014

Retiring Shimane reactor 'an option'

In a reversal, Chugoku Electric Power Co. President Tomohide Karita stated Thursday that retiring a 40-year-old reactor at the Shimane Nuclear Power Station is "an option." It is rare to hear a top utility official suggest the decommissioning of an aging reactor. In June, Karita hinted ...

Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output

Business / Corporate Mar 26, 2014

Utilities eye more non-nuclear power output

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and three other utilities are contemplating boosting non-nuclear thermal power generation by either building new facilities or expanding existing plants. Tepco is planning a major increase in capacity by building facilities to generate around 6 million kilowatts, equivalent to nearly 10 ...

Business / Corporate Jan 31, 2014

Utilities lobbying LDP to support new nuclear plants

The Federation of Electric Power Companies of Japan is lobbying politicians in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party to support the construction of new nuclear power plants, sources said Friday. The federation's lobbying comes as the ruling party works on drafting a new national energy plan. ...