A power company in western Japan has decided to decommission an aging nuclear reactor. The No. 2 reactor at the Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture has been in operation for 36 years. Government guidelines introduced after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident limit the operation of reactors to 40 years in principle. Shikoku Electric Power Company decided not to apply to extend the reactor’s operation for another 20 years, citing the cost of required additional safety measures. The utility has already decided to decommission the plant’s No. 1 reactor. And a high court ordered the company to stop operations at the No. 3 reactor last December. The court decision came after the reactor was restarted in 2016. The No. 2 reactor is the 9th in Japan authorized for decommissioning in the aftermath of the 2011 accident, excluding those at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi plant.
NHK 26th March 2018 read more »
World Nuclear News 27th March 2018 read more »
Japan Times 27th March 2018 read more »