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France's Autorité de Sûreté Nucléaire (ASN) has lifted the suspension of...
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Japan’s Ohi 3 restarts
Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co on 14 March restarted a reactor at its Ohi nuclear plant in Fukui prefecture, just 14km from Kansai’s Takahama station, where two reactors (units 3...
Switzerland’s Beznau 1 gears up for restart
Unit 1 at Switzerland’s Beznau nuclear plant, the world’s oldest power reactor, has been permitted to restart after a three-year shutdown for repairs, the Swiss Federal Nuclear...
Taiwan regulator approves restart of Kuosheng 2
Taiwan’s Atomic Energy Council (AEC) on 5 March approved a plan to restart Kuosheng 2, a 951MWe boiling water reactor, which has been offline since May 2016.
Japanese utilities seek more reactor restarts
Japan’s Chugoku Electric Power Co plans to initiate procedures to gain approval to start operation of Shimane 3, a unit which was still under construction at the time of the...
Japanese critical facility approved for restart
Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on 31 January approved the restart of the Static Experiment Critical Facility at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) research facility...
USA to close oldest reactor
The oldest US nuclear power plant, the 636MWe single unit Oyster Creek Generating Station in New Jersey, is to close ahead of schedule in October, company officials announced on 2 February.
US utility PSEG signs contract with Rolls Royce
Rolls-Royce announced has signed a four-year contract to provide US utility PSEG with digital analytics service to improve plant efficiency at PSEG’s two nuclear plants at Salem and...
California to close its last nuclear plant
California's last nuclear plant, Pacific Gas and Electric’s (PG&E’s) Diablo Canyon plant in San Luis Obispo County, will close in 2025, the California Public Utilities Commission...
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...