Japan Atomic Power Company (JAPC) has received regulatory approval of an extension to the operating period of unit 2 at its Tokai nuclear power plant, enabling the reactor to operate for up to 60 years. Under Japan’s revised regulations, reactors have a nominal lifespan of 40 years. However, extensions can be granted once only and limited to a maximum of 20 years, contingent on exacting safety requirements. JAPC applied to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) on 24 November 2017 to extend the operation of the unit – a 1060 MWe boiling water reactor that started commercial operation in 1978 – by 20 years. The company announced today that the NRA had approved the extension. Tokai 2’s current operating licence is due to expire on 28 November.
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