Nuclear reactor license extensions considered in Japan

The Japanese government is considering a taskforce’s proposal to set a 40-year age limit on nuclear reactors with the option for a 20-year extension if the plants meet stringent safety criteria.

Japanese officials said on Jan. 10 that they will require nuclear reactors in the country to shut down after 40 years to improve safety, but there was no announcement of whether any life extensions would be considered.

World Nuclear News quotes a cabinet secretary as saying there would be no basic change in the government’s position to shut down reactors after 40 years of operation, but extensions would be granted one time only and are limited to a maximum of 20 years depending on safety requirements.

According to NHK news agency, the government plans to submit draft legislation by the end of January.

Subscribe to Nuclear Power International magazine

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

Logistics Risk Management in the Transformer Industry

Transformers often are shipped thousands of miles, involving multiple handoffs,and more than a do...

Secrets of Barco UniSee Mount Revealed

Last year Barco introduced UniSee, a revolutionary large-scale visualization platform designed to...

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...