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Safety upgrades at unit 2 of Japan's Onagawa NPP in Miyagi Prefecture will not be completed in February as planned, Tohoku Electric Power Company announced. The target had been to restart commercial operation in May. Tohoku said it expects a delay of several months for completion date of the safety measures.

Date: Friday, 12 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsrestart-delayed-for-japans-onagawa-2-11429501

In the aftermath of the 7.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the west coast of Japan on New Year’s day, an oil slick, approximately five metres by 10 metres was observed on the sea's surface in front of the Shika NPP in Ishikawa, according to plant owner Hokuriku Electric.

Date: Thursday, 11 January 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsoil-leak-reported-at-japans-shika-npp-following-earthquake-11426554

Lower Saxony’s Ministry for the Environment, Energy & Climate has granted approval to PreussenElektra to begin dismantling the 1360 MWe pressurised water reactor at Grohnde NPP (KWG) in Germany, which was closed down in December 2021. “We are implementing the nuclear phase-out decided 12 years ago and ensuring maximum safety for dismantling,” said Environment Minister Christian Meyer.

Date: Friday, 15 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsapproval-granted-for-decommissioning-of-grohnde-11372888

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is providing live data from Japan on the release of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP on the IAEA website. The data includes water flow rates, radiation monitoring data and the concentration of tritium after dilution. Fukushima NPP operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), has now begun the controlled discharge of the water into the sea. At the same time, Tepco began transmitting data from various points in the process to the IAEA.

Date: Wednesday, 30 August 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-monitors-treated-water-released-from-fukushima-daiichi-11105762

The Federation of Korean Industries (FKI) has released a report recommending that South Korea and the US should strengthen cooperation in the nuclear power export market, which is currently dominated by Russia and China. This should include building a supply chain together.

Date: Saturday, 13 May 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfederation-of-korean-industries-calls-for-korea-us-smr-alliance-10842422

The Baden-Württemberg Ministry of the Environment has granted utility EnBW Kernkraft GmbH approval to decommission and dismantle unit 2 of its Neckarwestheim NPP. The plant is due to shut down later this month. The 1400 MWe Neckarwestheim 2 pressurised water reactor began operating in 1989. It generated more than 11 TWh of electricity in 2022.

Date: Wednesday, 12 April 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsdecommissioning-progresses-in-germany-10747989

Japan's Cabinet has formally adopted a policy approving the operation of nuclear reactors beyond their current 60-year limit. It also allows construction of new units to replace ageing ones in order to cut carbon emissions while ensuring energy security.

Date: Wednesday, 15 February 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsjapan-approves-extending-reactor-operation-beyond-60-years-10593156

Two countries expected to begin feasibility study for $30bn project Russian state nuclear corportion Rosatom is building Turkey’s first nuclear station at Akkuyu. Courtesy Rosatom. South Korea’s state-run Korea Electric Power Corporation (Kepco) said on Tuesday (1 February) it had submitted a preliminary proposal to Turkey to take part in a project worth about $30bn (€27bn) to build four nuclear power plants in the European country.

Kepco chief executive officer Cheong Seung-il met Turkey's energy minister, Fatih Donmez, on Monday and presented the proposal regarding the construction of four nuclear plants at a possible in the northern part of the country, according to the company.

“The main contents of the proposal include the introduction of Kepco and Korea's excellent nuclear power plant construction capabilities, the business structure of the Turkey nuclear power plant, the construction period, and localisation,” Kepco said in a statement.

Press reports in December 2022 said Kepco was in discussions with the Turkish government to develop the four nuclear power plants.

A spokesperson at Kepco, the largest electric utility in South Korea and parent company of nuclear operator Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power, said the two countries were expected to begin a feasibility study this year, after which they could sign an agreement to build the four reactors.

Date: Friday, 03 February 2023
Original article: nucnet.org/news/south-korea-s-kepco-launches-bid-to-build-four-new-nuclear-reactors-2-4-2023

The International Atomic Energy (IAEA) Task Force established to monitor Japan’s plan to discharge treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi NPP has completed its second regulatory review. During a five-day visit to Japan, the Task Force met with officials from the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) to assess the regulatory framework for the discharge. This was IAEA’s second review of the plans.

Date: Wednesday, 25 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-task-force-reviews-fukushima-water-discharge-plan-10539790

Vibrations detected during pre-operational testing at unit 3 of Georgia Power’s Vogtle NPP in the US are likely to further delay start-up of the unit. The vibrations, associated with some piping within the cooling were identified by Southern Nuclear Operating Company. Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co, is currently building Vogtle units 3 & 4, in Waynesboro Georgia. They will be the first new nuclear units built in the US in more than 30 years.

Date: Thursday, 19 January 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsvibrations-detected-at-vogtle-3-cause-further-delays-10524999