Genkai reactor may have faulty vessel via The Japan Times

Study says aging No. 1 unit should be suspended


SAGA — A nuclear reactor that began operations 36 years ago at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai plant may have a faulty pressure vessel, an analysis by researchers showed Saturday.

The No. 1 reactor, which is currently operating, should be suspended until its safety is confirmed, said Hiromitsu Ino, who led the team.

The analysis detected a possible fault in the process of manufacturing a critical unit encasing nuclear fuel assemblies at the No. 1 reactor, casting doubt over the credibility of previous reactor inspections.

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◇ Article in Japanese:

玄海1号機:圧力容器鋼材の質にばらつき 製造ミスの疑い via Mainichi jp

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