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European safety regulators have backed Ukraine as the rightful owner and authority to oversee the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Meanwhile, Russia's Rosenergoatom has appointed Yury Chernichuk as 'director' of the plant.

Date: Thursday, 01 December 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Regulators-back-Ukraine-for-Zaporizhzhia-ownership

Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry (Meti) has presented a draft on NPP life extension to an expert panel. The draft explains the direction of the economy ministry’s nuclear policy and its action plan and would effectively allow NPPs to operate beyond the current upper limit of 60 years.

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapan-considers-npp-life-extension-10393906

Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co has said it will seek regulatory approval to extend the life of two pressurised water reactors (PWRs) at units 3&4 of its Takahama NPP in Fukui prefecture to 60 years. The company said in a statement that inspections had found nothing significant that might cause problems if the operation period were extended and has therefore decided apply for an extension to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA).  

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newskansai-electric-to-seek-life-extension-for-takahama-34-10394046

Sharm El-Sheikh marked the first time the global nuclear community had a large pavilion in the Blue Zone, at the heart of COP27, writes World Nuclear Association Director General Sama Bilbao y León. The pavilion, a partnership between the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Nuclear Association and other nuclear organisations, was a focal point where people could visit and enquire about nuclear energy and the nuclear industry.

Date: Wednesday, 30 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-Bilbao-y-Leon-reflects-on-nuclear-s-pres

Government wants to see more reactors online in face of energy crunch Takahama-3 and Takahama-4 in western Japan both began commercial operation in 1985. Kansai Electric Power will apply for regulatory approval to extend the operating life of its Takahama-3 and -4 nuclear power units by a further 20 years, potentially operating both plants for the maximum 60 years.

The company also said it is planning to replace the steam generators at the two 830-MW pressurised water reactor units in Fukui prefecture, western Japan.

Under safety rules which came into force after the Fukushima-Daiichi accident, Japanese reactors have an operating period of 40 years. One extension to this – limited to a maximum of 20 years – may be granted, but requires a special inspection to verify the integrity of reactor pressure vessels and containment vessels after 35 years of operation.

Takahama-3 and Takahama-4 both began commercial operation in 1985.

Two other unts at the site, Takahama-1 and -2, became the first Japanese units to be granted a licence extension beyond 40 years under revised post-Fukushima regulations, but are out of service pending the completion of a bunkered backup control centre, as required by the regulator. Kansai has said it plans to restart the units, both 780-MW pressurised water reactors, in mid-2023.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/kansai-electric-aims-to-operate-takahama-units-for-60-years-11-1-2022

The President of the International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC), Lena Andriolo, explains what the event is, what the organisation can do for its members - and what young people can bring to the nuclear sector.

Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Viewpoint-The-importance-of-young-people-in-nucle

Kansai Electric Power has announced it will apply for regulatory approval to extend the operating life of Takahama units 3 and 4 by a further 20 years. The company has also announced plans to replace the steam generators at the two pressurised water reactor units.

Date: Saturday, 26 November 2022
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Kansai-seeks-operating-life-extension-for-Takahama

“When building a machine as large and as complex as ITER, difficulties and setbacks do not come as surprises - they are an integral part of manufacturing, assembling and installing first-of-a-kind components,” the ITER Organisation said recently.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiter-says-essential-key-components-repairs-will-impact-schedule-10381371

The President of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Koguchi Masanori, and the Director of Poland’s National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ), Professor Krzysztof Kurek have signed an Implementing Arrangement regarding the cooperation in research and development in the field of high-temperature gas-cooled reactors technology.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapanese-polish-cooperation-continues-on-high-temperature-reactor-technology-10381447

Aim is to deploy unit in European country The agreement was signed by NCBJ director Krzysztof Kurek (left) and JAEA president Koguchi Masanori. Courtesy NCBJ/JAEA. Japan and Poland have signed an agreement to cooperate on high-temperature gas-cooled reactor (HTGR) technology with the aim of building a plant in the European country.

The agreement, for the development of a basic design and a preliminary safety report, was signed by the president of the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), Koguchi Masanori and the director of Poland’s National Centre for Nuclear Research (NCBJ) Krzysztof Kurek.

NCBJ said HTGRs are capable of supplying heat for the chemical and petrochemical industries. They will be able to replace fossil fuel installations, leading to the decarbonisation of many production processes. They can also enable the economic production of clean hydrogen.

Several attempts have been made to build reactors of this type, but none has so far entered commercial service.

Poland has been cooperating with Japan for several years on HTGR technology. The new agreement provides for R&D on the project, which would be built in Poland at the NCBJ.

Date: Friday, 25 November 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/japan-and-poland-sign-agreement-on-htgr-r-and-d-11-4-2022