Following are the company’s goals for restarting the seven
reactors at the 8,212 megawatt plant, the world’s biggest
nuclear complex by output. But it remains unclear if the
reactors would restart as scheduled, as the firm needs to have
the local governments’ backing before restarting any of them.
Plant name No. MW Restart schedule Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 1 1,100 April 2013 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 2 1,100 Sept 2015 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 3 1,100 July 2014 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 4 1,100 Feb 2015 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 5 1,100 Oct 2013 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 6 1,356 Dec 2013 Kashiwazaki-Kariwa 7 1,356 May 2013
2. Forbes – Because of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, China may free itself more quickly from reliance on imported nuclear-power technology, according to a Harvard scholar of global nuclear expansion.
Since Fukushima, all three of China’s domestic reactor manufacturers have announced their own Gen III designs, according to Yun Zhou, a Chinese-educated scholar who observes the nuclear industry from Harvard University.
“It appears that the Fukushima disaster may lead China to adopt newer, third-generation (or Gen III) reactor designs created by Chinese firms,” Zhou writes in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, “allowing China to wean itself from purely foreign reactor technology much more quickly than was expected pre-Fukushima.”
Gen III reactors like the Westinghouse AP1000 incorporate safety features developed since the proliferation of Gen II reactors like those at Fukushima and like many in the U.S.
China still plans to increase its nuclear capacity from about 12 gigawatts before Fukushima to 70 gigawatts by 2020, Zhou says.
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