Kansai Electric Power requests nuclear power plant life extension

 Kansai Electric Power requests nuclear power plant life extension

Caption: Takahama nuclear power plant

Kansai Electric Power Co. is planning to extend the operational life of two nuclear reactors at its Takahama nuclear power plant in Japan.
Kansai Electric applied for a 20-year life extension for both reactors with the Nuclear Regulation Authority, according to Energy Business Review. The reactors are currently offline since the country shut down all 48 units in the country following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Nuclear plants in Japan have an operational cap of 40 years with the option to extend up to 20 years. Takahama 1 has already reached 40 years of operations while Unit 2 will reach 40 years in November, the article said. The moratorium period for the life extension ends July 2016.
Kansai Electric Power started special inspections of equipment in both units in December 2014 in order to become eligible for the extension. According to new regulations, nuclear power plants must also undergo inspections and gain approvals from local and national governments in order to restart.
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