Takahama Nuclear Power Plant

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Takahama Nuclear Power Plant
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Takahama Nuclear Power Plant
Takahama Nuclear Power Plant is located in Japan
Takahama Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Takahama Nuclear Power Plant in Japan
Country Japan
Location Takahama, Fukui Prefecture
Coordinates 35°31′19.17″N 135°30′14.24″E / 35.5219917°N 135.5039556°E / 35.5219917; 135.5039556Coordinates: 35°31′19.17″N 135°30′14.24″E / 35.5219917°N 135.5039556°E / 35.5219917; 135.5039556
Construction began April 25, 1970 (1970-04-25)
Commission date November 14, 1974 (1974-11-14)
Operator(s) The Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc.
Power generation
Units operational 2 x 826 MW
2 x 870 MW
Website
http://www.kepco.co.jp/wakasa/takahama/takahama.html

The Takahama Nuclear Power Plant (高浜原子力発電所 Takahama hatsudensho?, Takahama NPP) is a nuclear power plant located in the town of Takahama, Ōi District, Fukui Prefecture. It is owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power Company. It is on a site with an area of 1.6 km2.[1] The plant is currently offline by court order.

Reactors on Site[edit]

Name Reactor Type Commission date Power Rating Fuel
Takahama - 1 PWR November 14, 1974 826 MW
Takahama - 2 PWR November 14, 1975 826 MW
Takahama - 3 PWR January 17, 1985 870 MW MOX from January 2011
Takahama - 4 PWR June 5, 1985 870 MW

History[edit]

Maintenance in 2012[edit]

On 17 February 2012, Kansai Electric Power Co. announced that on 21 February 2012 reactor no. 3 would taken off the grid for a regular checkup and maintenance. After that date, only two commercial nuclear power plants were still operating in Japan: The no. 6 reactor of TEPCO at the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in prefecture Niigata, which was scheduled for checkups on 26 March 2012, and the No. 3 reactor at the Tomari plant in Hokkaido of Hokkaido Electric Power Co.; their regular maintenance was planned in late April 2012.[2][3] From 5 May until 1 July 2012, Japan had no operating nuclear power plants. In July Ōi Nuclear Power Plant units 3 and 4 became Japan's only operating nuclear power plants. However, those plants were later taken offline.

First nuclear fuel shipment since Fukushima[edit]

On 17 April 2013, a shipment of highly radioactive nuclear fuel to Japan left the port of Cherbourg in northern France, for the first time since the Fukushima disaster. The MOX shipment is destined for Kansai Electric Power Co's Takahama nuclear plant west of Tokyo. MOX fuel contains around 7% plutonium.[4]

Court decision forbids restart[edit]

As of 16 April, 2015, the Takahama reactors were ordered to remain offline by a Japanese court, which cited continued safety concerns. The Fukui District Court rejected a "stay" on its original ruling that, despite approval to restart the plants from Japan's governmental Nuclear Regulation Authority (an agency formed in 2012,) approval guidelines issued by the agency were "lacking in rationality" and "too loose." The Fukui Court issued a similar injunction against the restart of Oi units 3&4 in May, 2014. Former Tokyo high court judge and current Chou Law School Professor Jun Masuda criticized Fukui Judge Hideaki Higuchi, who headed the court panel, “It seems the judge has already had the idea of demanding absolute safety from the beginning. Judges are not experts on nuclear power plants, so it is imperative that they humbly pay attention to scientific knowledge. I doubt the presiding judge took that into consideration.” Japan News (Yomiuri Shimbun) also criticized the Fukui decision, “We have no choice but to call it an irrational decision,” and, “Such a stance seeking zero risk is unrealistic.” An appeal by Kansai Electric Company was rejected by the same court in May, 2015. [5] [6]

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