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METI State Minister Takagi Visits the French Republic and the Kingdom of Denmark

From May 3 (Wed.) to 7 (Sun.), 2017, Mr. Yosuke Takagi, State Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, visited the French Republic and the Kingdom of Denmark. In France, he held meetings with executive officers of the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management and an international organization involved in nuclear power policies, and toured facilities related to the nuclear fuel cycle. In Denmark, he toured companies engaging in offshore wind power generation.

1. France

1) Meeting with Mr. Pierre-Marie Abadie, CEO, the National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management (ANDRA)

State Minister Takagi held a meeting with CEO Abadie, ANDRA. Both sides exchanged views concerning final disposal of high-level radioactive waste. They shared information on the current state of efforts for final disposal of such waste in Japan and France and also confirmed the importance of international information sharing, research, and other efforts to raise public and regional understanding of this issue.

2) Meeting with Mr. Daniel Iracane, Deputy Director-General, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA)

State Minister Takagi held a meeting with OECD/NEA Deputy Director-General Iracane. He expressed Japan’s gratitude for OECD/NEA provision of existing support for Japan’s measures for both decommissioning and dealing with contaminated water at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, and reported on the current state of the decommissioning and related measures involving the power station, including an investigation conducted inside the nuclear reactors of Units 1 to 3 and progress in efforts to construct a frozen soil wall. Following this, both sides exchanged views concerning enhancement of future cooperation between Japan and the OECD/NEA and other issues.


(Meeting with CEO Abadie, ANDRA)

(Meeting with Deputy Director-General Iracane, OECD/NEA)
 

3) Touring facilities at the Marcoule nuclear site

At the Marcoule nuclear site in France, State Minister Takagi toured the following facilities: a spent-fuel reprocessing plant (UP1), a fast breeder reactor (Phénix), and an MOX fuel plant (Melox). At UP1 and Phénix, for which shutting-down measures and decommissioning operations are advancing, he observed the current situation in dismantling facilities and removing spent fuels. At Melox, he also observed the process of manufacturing MOX fuels, about which the plant provides Japan with technical cooperation.


(Touring facilities at the Marcoule nuclear site)
 

2. Denmark


(Touring Mode wind power plant and MHI Vestas windmill assembling plant)
 

1) Mode wind power plant

State Minister Takagi toured the Mode wind power plant near Esbjerg and observed its operation, including an offshore wind power generation facility producing the world’s largest output of eight megawatts (8,000 kilowatts).

2) Touring MHI Vestas windmill assembling plant

State Minister Takagi toured a plant for assembling offshore wind power generation facilities, operated by MHI Vestas (MHI Vestas Offshore Wind), in which a Japanese company participates. The plant operates final assembling and shipping processes involving offshore wind power generation facilities, exported to other European countries. State Minister Takagi observed the current progress in the introduction of such offshore facilities into Denmark and other European countries, where efforts for enhancing the introduction of renewable energy and the reduction of related costs are under way, and also acknowledged the company’s initiatives for further development of the business. Following this, he exchanged views with stakeholders of the company.

Release date

May 8, 2017

Division in Charge

International Affairs Division, Nuclear Facilities Development and Nuclear Fuel Cycle Industry Division & New and Renewable Energy Division, Agency for Natural Resources and Energy

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