The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) in Washington, D.C., on June 19 said Japan’s government has approved restarting two reactors at the Ohi nuclear power plant in central Japan.
In May, Japan’s last operating reactor, Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari 3, shut down for regular inspections. Prior to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March 2011, the country had 50 operating reactors that generated over 44,000 MW, or about 30 percent of the nation’s demand. Plans were in place to increase the share of nuclear power generation to 40 percent by 2017.
NEI said Kansai Electric Power Co., Ohi’s operator, has begun work to restart reactor 3 and the unit should be at full power by July 8, with reactor 4 expected to be in full operation by July 24.
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