Nuclear power in Japan – one year after the earthquake

09 March 2012

Lloyd's Register and Scandpower acknowledge the difficult situation after the earthquake and are in discussions with the major stakeholders about how we can help out by bringing in needed resources and competences.

In mid January Richard Clegg, LR Global Nuclear Business Director, Steve "Woody" Epstein, Scandpower Nuclear Consultancy Manager in Japan and Jerzy Grynblat, Nuclear Business Director, visited Japan to meet with current and prospective clients and cooperation partners.

What they observed is that the nuclear market in Japan still experiences very challenging times one year after the major earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Almost all of the nuclear power plants are still closed, either permanently due to damages after the catastrophe, temporarily awaiting outcome of the ongoing safety evaluation or due to planned outage and refueling activities.

Basically there are three categories of organizations that we are talking with:

  1. The national government regulators, as for instance the Atomic Energy Commission of Japan (AECJ) and Japan Nuclear Energy Safety Organization (JNES),
  2. The local and prefectural governments, who must approve (by custom, not law) the restart of the nuclear power plants after outages,
  3. The utilities and reactor vendors.

With our broad and global experience within nuclear safety, and our local presence in Japan, we are in a good position to be the preferred partner for assisting these organisations.

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