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Updated plan says work at Unit 1 to begin in 2028 and Unit 2 in 2026 File photo of earlier spent fuel removal at Fukushima-Daiichi. The removal of spent fuel from the spent fuel pool at Unit 3 of the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan should be completed by the end of March 2021, according to an updated decommissioning action plan.

According to the plan, which covers decommissioning work to be carried out by 2031, the removal of spent fuel at Unit 1 is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2028 and at Unit 2 in fiscal 2026.

The removal of the fuel debris is expected to begin sometime in fiscal 2021, beginning with Unit 2.

In January the government set a new goal of finishing the removal of the 4,741 spent fuel rods across all six of the station’s reactors by fiscal 2031, about five years later than originally planned.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/unit-3-spent-fuel-removal-scheduled-for-completion-in-2021-4-5-2020

A review of the management of treated water stored at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan has been carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It says the two options under consideration for disposing of this water - discharge into the sea and via vapour release - are both technically feasible.

Date: Saturday, 04 April 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-supports-discharge-of-Fukushima-Daiichi-water

Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco) estimates that JPY1370 billion or $12.6 billion will be required over the next 12 years to remove melted nuclear fuel from reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newstepco-reports-on-fuel-removal-and-contaminated-water-disposal-7854118

Storage tanks at the site are expected to be full around the summer of 2022 Two options being considered for controlled disposal of large amounts of treated water stored at the Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan are both technically feasible, the International Atomic Energy Agency has said.

In a review published on 2 April the Vienna-based agency said the two proposals – vapour release and discharges to the sea – were outlined by a Japanese advisory subcommittee in February. They are routinely used by operating nuclear power plants worldwide under specific regulatory authorisations based on safety and environmental impact assessments.

IAEA experts said the subcommittee’s recommendations to the Japanese government were based on a comprehensive and scientifically sound analysis addressing the necessary technical, non-technical and safety aspects. It said a decision on which method will be used should be taken “urgently”.

Date: Friday, 03 April 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/options-for-disposal-of-treated-water-are-technically-feasible-says-iaea-4-4-2020

Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has issued a draft report on the High-Temperature Engineering Test Reactor (HTTR), which confirms it is "effectively compatible" with the new regulatory standards, according to the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF).

Date: Wednesday, 01 April 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapanese-regulator-issues-draft-review-of-httr-7847570

Czech power company CEZ on 25 March submitted an application to the State Office for Nuclear Safety (SÚJB) for permission to construct new nuclear units at the Dukovany site.

Date: Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscez-applies-to-build-new-nuclear-units-at-dukovany-7844971

Shutdown means eight commercial units remain online The Sendai nuclear power station in Japan. The operator of the Sendai nuclear power station in southern Japan shut down one of its reactor units on Monday because of a failure to meet the deadline for adding anti-terror safety facilities made mandatory after the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident.

Kyushu Electric Power Company shut down Sendai-1, an 846-MW pressurised water reactor unit, in Kagoshima Prefecture, making it the first to go offline due to a delay in meeting the new regulations.

The company started a regular inspection earlier than scheduled on Monday to work on the requirement. It might have to shut down Sendai-2 in May for failing to meet the same requirement.

Press reports said Kansai Electric Power Company is expected to shut down Takahama-3 and -4 in western Japan in August and October for the same reason.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/sendai-1-taken-offline-after-operator-fails-to-complete-anti-terror-upgrades-3-1-2020

Kyushu Electric Power Company today took unit 1 of its Sendai nuclear power plant offline as it had failed to meet the deadline for completion of a back-up control centre. It's the first time operation of a Japanese reactor has been temporarily suspended for this reason. It plans to take unit 2 offline in May for the same reason.

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kyushu-misses-deadline-for-Sendai-1-emergency-faci

US nuclear services group Jacobs announced on 9 March that it had acquired Wood Nuclear, part of Scottish energy services Wood, for an enterprise value of approximately £250 million ($325 million).

Date: Thursday, 12 March 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newswood-nuclear-acquired-by-us-jacobs-7816392

Fennovoima has appointed Joachim Specht as the company's new chief executive officer. The company, which is building the Russia-supplied Hanhikiv-1 nuclear unit in Finland said he will take up his post on 1 June.

Mr Specht comes from Fennovoima PreussenElektra, formerly E.ON Kernkraft, where he served as executive vice-president and head of nuclear engineering and consulting. He has also held positions at Areva, Framatome and Siemens/KWU.

Fennovoima announced in October that chief executive officer Toni Hemminki was leaving the company.

Mr Hemminki said earlier last year that the progress of Hanhikivi-1 was a disappointment in 2018 with a new estimated schedule postponing commercial operation by several years.

The new schedule was received from the plant supplier Raos Project, a subsidiary of Russian state nuclear corporation Rosatom, at the end of 2018.

Date: Saturday, 07 March 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/company-behind-hanhikivi-1-nuclear-project-appoints-new-ceo-3-5-2020