Sendai nuclear Unit 1 another step closer to restart

Sendai nuclear power plant Unit 1 step closer to restart

Unit 1 at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Japan gained approval for plant upgrades made to meet standards set after the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority said construction upgrades to the unit’s basic design were approved, the second in a three-step process to restarting the reactor, according to Reuters. The government hopes to restart the unit by June, but courts are considering injunctions to keep all 43 reactors in the country from restarting, the article said.

Sendai’s operator, Kyushu Electric Co., also said it would decommission the nearly 40-year-old Genkai 1 nuclear unit. Other companies that plan to retire nuclear units include Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s Shimane 1, Kansai Electric Power Co. ‘s Mihama 1 and 2, and The Japan Atomic Power Co.’s Tsuruga 1. Kansai Electric said in Reuters that it submitted requests to restart units 1 and 2 at the Takahama nuclear plant and the Mihama 3 unit.

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