Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has confirmed that Kyushu Electric’s Genkai units 3 and 4 in Saga Prefecture meet new regulatory standards. The Japan Atomic Industry Forum (JAIF) said today that the decision, which Kyushu announced on 18 January, was based on the NRA’s approval of a revised review of reactor upgrade plans at the two 1180 MWe pressurized water reactors. They are the ninth and tenth Japanese nuclear power units whose upgrade plans have been approved. Of Japan’s 42 operable reactors, only Kyushu Electric’s 890 MWe Sendai unit 1 and Shikoku Electric’s Ikata unit 3 are online. The NRA issued the report drafts on 9 November and, after referring them to the Japan Atomic Energy Commission and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry for their opinions, had then opened them for public comment.
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