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British nuclear services company Cavendish Nuclear has been awarded a contract by Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) to support decommissioning of the Monju prototype fast breeder reactor. Cavendish, a subsidiary of Babcock International Group, has been involved in the ongoing decommissioning of the fast reactors at the UK's Dounreay site.

Date: Thursday, 29 August 2019
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The seven-unit Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station in western Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company said today it may decommission one or more reactors at its Kashiwazaki Kariwa nuclear power station in Niigata Prefecture, western Japan, within five years, after reactivating two idled reactors at the same facility.

Tepco president Tomoaki Kobayakawa mentioned for the first time the possibility of decommissioning some or all of Units 1 to 5 at Kashiwazaki Kariwa, the world’s biggest commercial nuclear station by capacity.

Media reports in Japan said Kashiwazaki city mayor Masahiro Sakurai had originally asked Tepco to shut all of the older units at Kashiwazaki Kariwa – Units 1 to 5 – in return for endorsing the restart of the two newer reactors, Units 6 and 7.

Units 1 to 5, all 1,067 boiling water reactor units, began commercial operation between 1985 and 1990. Units 6 and 7 are 1,315 MW advanced boiling water reactor units that began commercial operation in 1996 and 1997.

Date: Tuesday, 27 August 2019
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