Japanese firm gets approval for first reactors since Fukushima

Tokyo Electric Power Corporation (TEPCO) has been granted initial safety approval to restart two reactors at a nuclear plant. It is the first approval from Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) since the Fukushima incident in 2011, which led to a meltdown of reactors following an earthquake and tsunami. The NRA said two reactors at the […]

Underwater robot finds nuclear waste in Fukushima

An underwater robot has revealed what is thought to be a pile of melted nuclear fuel inside a damaged reactor at the Fukushima power plant in Japan. The plant’s operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co, said it was the first time it has been able to see inside certain areas of the plant since it was […]

‘No damage’ at Fukushima nuclear plant after earthquake

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant hasn’t been damaged after a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck the east coast of Japan last night. Tokyo Electric Power Company (Tepco), which is the company responsible for the decommissioning of the plant, said the cooling system stopped for a while after the tremor but operations were resumed later. It added it hasn’t found any abnormalities, radiation […]

Pokemon (don’t) GO to Fukushima

Fans of the popular game Pokémon GO have been warned not to hunt for Pokémon in the Fukushima nuclear exclusion zone in Japan. Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (Tepco) has asked The Pokémon Company and developer Niantic to stop the game’s characters appearing in and around areas affected by the nuclear reactor meltdown. Tepco said […]

Fukushima accident: 10,000 excess cancer deaths expected

Around 10,000 excess cancer deaths are expected in Japan five years after the Fukushima accident. That’s according to a report from US based Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW). The report used data to calculate the excess cancer rates among children, rescue clean-up workers and the […]

UK invests £500k to research Fukushima clean up

A team of researchers have been granted £516,000 to support research in cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear accident. The government-funded Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) made the investment. Scientists at the University of Sheffield and Imperial College London will collaborate with Japanese universities “to develop viable processes to immobilise radioactive ion exchange materials”. The […]

UK firm picked for Japan’s nuclear waste study

A UK engineering and project management company has been appointed by Japan to carry out a major nuclear clean-up study. Amec Foster Wheeler will assist the Nuclear Damage Compensation and Decommissioning Facilitation Corporation (NDF) to develop a long-term strategy to manage radioactive waste at the Fukushima Daiichi power station. The team will design case studies […]

Firms to build coal power plants in Fukushima

Five firms have joined forces to build two 540MW coal-fired power plants in Fukushima. The project was launched with the aim of creating an industrial base and opening up job opportunities to support local economic recovery. They will use an integrated coal gasification combined-cycle (IGCC), which the companies claim is the “next-generation clean coal technology”. They expect it […]

Fixed price contracts? Get ready to buy – Y report

Businesses on fixed price contracts should ‘get ready to buy’, according to this week’s Y report by Inenco. Kayleigh Winstanley, Energy Trader at Inenco however added “prices are still falling so I wouldn’t pull the trigger just yet – but definitely get in a position to do so.” She went on to say those on flexible contracts should […]

World’s first nuclear output rise since Fukushima

Global nuclear output rose for first time since Japan’s Fukushima accident in 2014. That’s according to new report, which showed world nuclear generation in 2014 rose 1% compared to 2013. That’s the first annual gain since the 2011 accident. The disaster curbed global nuclear output sharply, according to the report. William Freebairn, Platts senior managing […]