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Germany retires Gundremmingen B
Germany’s Gundremmingen B reactor in Bavaria was shut down as 2017 came to a close as part of the country's Engergiewende or energy transition policy.
Japan closes Ohi 1&2 and Monju
Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co said 22 December that it plans to decommission two 38-year-old pressurised water reactors (PWRs) at its Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture.
Japanese court orders Ikata 3 to close
The Hiroshima High Court on 13 December revoked a lower court decision and ordered the suspension of Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata 3 in Ehime Prefecture.
More delays for Japanese reactor restarts
Japan’s utilities, Kansai Electric Power Company and Kyushu Electric Power Company, have requested two-month delays in pre-operation inspections of reactors by the Nuclear...
Life extension for Ringhals 3&4
Swedish utility Vattenfall will invest SEK900m ($107m) to update Ringhals 3&4, in which it owns a 70.4% stake, by installing independent core cooling systems.
IAEA reviews safety at Belgium’s BR2 reactor
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team of nuclear safety experts completed a mission on 14 November to review aspects of safety at Belgium’s Research Reactor 2 (BR2).
Life extension completed for Kozloduy 5
Unit 5 of Bulgaria’s Kozloduy nuclear plant on 3 November was awarded a licence to operate for a further ten years.
Japan’s Ikata 3 closes for maintenance
Japan’s Shikoku Electric Power Co closed unit 3 at its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture on 3 October for planned maintenance.
Delays for restart of Beznau 1
Swiss utility Axpo said last week that the restart of unit 1 of its Beznau nuclear power plant has been deferred to late February 2018.
IAEA SEED team reviews seismic safety at Korean NPPs
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on 18 August concluded a five-day Site and External Events Design (SEED) mission to South Korea to review methods and criteria for...
More restart delays for Japanese reactors
The governor of Japan’s Ibaraki prefecture, Masaru Hashimoto, said on17 August that he will not consent to restarting the single reactor at Japan Atomic Power Co’s Tokai II NPP,...
Westinghouse fuel facility receives order from US NRC
The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) on 9 August issued a confirmatory order to Westinghouse Electric Company following the discovery in May 2016 of accumulated...
Spain to close its oldest reactor
Spanish Energy Minister Alvaro Nadal said on 1 August the government would not renew the licence for the Santa Maria de Garona NPP in northern Spain because there was too...
Outages complete at Olkiluoto
The annual outages for 2017 at Finland’s Olkiluoto nuclear power plant were completed on 14 July when unit 2 (OL2) resumed electricity production, plant owner/operator Teollisuuden...
Japanese court approves restart of Genkai NPP units
A Japanese district court on 13 June dismissed a request from some 230 local residents for an injunction to stop the restart of units 3 and 4 at Kyushu Electric Power Co's Genkai NPP...
Belgian regulator publishes inspection results
Balgium’s Federal Agency for Nuclear Control (FANC) on 14 June published on its website the results of inspections carried out on the Tihange 2 and Doel 3 nuclear power plant.
IAEA finds progress on safety at China’s Qinshan
An International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Safety Aspects of Long Term Operation (Salto) review mission on 15 June completed an assessment of long-term operational safety at unit 1...
Licence renewal for Canada’s Point Lepreau
The Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) has agreed to renew the operating licence of NB Power’s Point Lepreau NPP until 30 June 2022.
Korea to decommission its oldest reactor
Kori 1, Korea's oldest nuclear reactor, will be shut down permanently, the Nuclear Safety and Security Commission (NSSC) ruled on 9 June.