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Concerns over safety in event of eruption at nearby Mount Aso The Ikata nuclear power station in southwest Japan. The Hiroshima High Court on Friday revoked a lower court decision and ordered Shikoku Electric Power Company to suspend operation of the Ikata-3 nuclear power unit in Ehime Prefecture, southwest Japan, because the company’s preparations for a potential eruption of a nearby volcano, Mount Aso, are inadequate.

The utility had claimed the reactor is safe to run because operators would have enough advance warning of an eruption to take safety measures.

The ruling marks the second time the high court has ordered a halt of Ikata-3.

The reactor had been shut for regular maintenance work since late December and was scheduled to restart within a couple of months, but now must remain offline pending an appeal.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/high-court-orders-shikoku-electric-to-halt-operation-of-ikata-3-1-5-2020

The Hiroshima High Court today imposed a temporary injunction on the operation of unit 3 of the Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime Prefecture, currently in a maintenance outage. Operator Shikoku Electric Power Company said it will appeal the decision, the second injunction to be imposed on the unit since it was restarted in 2016.

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Second-injunction-keeps-Ikata-reactor-offline

The Ikata nuclear power station in Japan. Spent mixed oxide (MOX) fuel has been removed from a reactor at a nuclear power plant in southwest Japan in the first such operation in the country, the plant operator said.

Shikoku Electric Power Company said it removed one of the 16 MOX fuel rods from the Ikata-3 in Ehime Prefecture at 11:57 local timeon Monday as part of maintenance work.

MOX fuel is made of plutonium and uranium extracted while reprocessing spent fuel and is a key component of Japan’s nuclear fuel recycling programme. Using such fuel is also important for the country to reduce its stockpile of plutonium, which can be used to make nuclear weapons.

MOX is widely used in Europe and in Japan. About bout 40 reactors in Europe are licensed to use MOX and over 30 are doing so. In Japan about 10 reactors are licensed to use it.

Date: Friday, 17 January 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/first-mox-fuel-removed-from-ikata-3-reactor-1-4-2020

Global Nuclear Fuel (GNF) accident-tolerant fuel assemblies have been loaded into a US reactor for the first time. Lead test assemblies using the company's ARMOR-coated zirconium cladding and IronClad accident-tolerant fuel solutions have been installed at Exelon's Clinton boiling water reactor power plant in Illinois.

Date: Thursday, 16 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/GNF-accident-tolerant-fuel-loaded-into-US-reactor

The trial removal of fuel debris from the damaged reactors at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant will begin at unit 2 in 2021, according to the latest revision to the mid and long-term roadmap towards decommissioning the plant. Meanwhile, the removal of fuel from the storage pools at units 1 and 2 has been delayed by up to five years.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Revisions-to-Fukushima-Daiichi-decommissioning-roa

Unit 2 of Germany's Philippsburg nuclear power plant was disconnected from the grid at 6.55pm on 31 December, as planned, marking the end of 35 years of operation. Operator EnBW said it will begin dismantling the unit in the second half of this year.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/German-reactor-enters-decommissioning

Global nuclear generating capacity stood at 392.4 GWe net at the end of 2019, down slightly on 2018, according to data from World Nuclear Association. Six power reactors were added to the grid last year and construction of three large reactor projects started, while nine units were permanently shut down.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reactor-shutdowns-outweigh-start-ups-in-2019

Uzbekistan has signed contracts worth more than USD1 billion for the supply of uranium to Japan, Kun.uz reported yesterday, without stating its source. The contracts were signed as part of the December visit of the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to Japan.

Date: Tuesday, 14 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Uzbekistan-signs-U-supply-deals-with-Japanese-firm

Uzbekistan has signed contracts worth more than USD1 billion for the supply of uranium to Japan, Kun.uz reported yesterday, without stating its source. The contracts were signed as part of the December visit of the president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, to Japan.

Date: Thursday, 09 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Uzbekistan-signs-U-supply-deals-with-Japanese-firm

Global nuclear generating capacity stood at 392.4 GWe net at the end of 2019, down slightly on 2018, according to data from World Nuclear Association. Six power reactors were added to the grid last year and construction of three large reactor projects started, while nine units were permanently shut down.

Date: Saturday, 04 January 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Reactor-shutdowns-outweigh-start-ups-in-2019