30.12.2015_No256 / News in Brief

Fuel Loading Complete At Japan’s Takahama-3, Says Kansai Electric

Plant Operation

The Takahama nuclear station in Japan.

30 Dec (NucNet): Kansai Electric Power Company finished loading fuel on 28 December 2015 into its Takahama-3 nuclear reactor unit in Fukui Prefecture, southwest Japan, the company said on its website. The Japan Atomic Indistrial Forum (Jaif) said earlier this week that fuel loading had begun on 26 December and startup of the unit is expected at the end of January 2016, with grid connection in early February and the resumption of commercial operation at the end of February. Of the 157 fuel assemblies that were loaded, 68 were fresh fuel and 89 were recycled, or partially burned, assemblies, Jaif said. Twenty-four were uranium-plutonium mixed oxide (MOX) fuel assemblies. Jaif also said Kansai Electric intends to restart the Takahama-4 reactor at the end of February and resume commercial operation at the end of March. Takahama-3 and -4 are both 830-MW pressurised water reactors. On 24 December 2015 the Fukui district court lifted a temporary injunction issued in April preventing the operation of Takahama-3 and -4, Jaif said.

Related reports in the NucNet database (available to subscribers):

  • Takahama Town Approves Restart Of Takahama-3 And -4 (News in Brief No.241, 07 December 2015)

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