Friday, August 26, 2016

Fifth Japanese reactor restarted

World Nuclear News:

Shikoku Electric Power Company announced today that it had initiated the process to restart unit 3 of its Ikata nuclear power plant in Japan's Ehime prefecture. It becomes the fifth Japanese reactor to resume operation under new safety standards introduced following the March 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

Actually only three of the approved reactors are operating. Two of the five approved reactors are shutdown due to court order. Nevertheless more reactors are coming online slowly but surely. Most commentators including myself were wrong on the pace of Japanese restarts. However the nuclear power industry has been given up for dead and uranium is at price not seen in years. 

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