Kansai Electric Set to Restart 870-MW Nuclear Reactor

 Kansai Electric Set to Restart 870-MW Nuclear Reactor

Kansai Electric Power Co. plans to restart a third nuclear reactor under the country’s new post-Fukushima safety requirements.
 
The utility said it plans to restart the 870-MW Unit 3 at the Takahama nuclear plant Jan. 29. Workers completed fuel loading of the reactor in December. The unit passed the safety screening under new rules for reactors in Japan to restart. Japan shut down all of its reactors following the 2011 disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
 
The unit is scheduled to reach criticality Jan. 30, and begin power control operation Feb. 1. By the end of February, Kansai expects to return the unit to full operations, but that depends on ongoing inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority. This will be Kansai Electric’s first nuclear plant to restart since all units shut down. The utility plans to begin refueling of Takahama 4 at the end of January.
 
Kyushu Electric Power Co. restarted the Sendai 1 and 2 in August. They were the first reactors to clear the new restart rules. Shikoku Electric Power Co. is expected to restart the Ikata 3 nuclear plant this year after receiving approvals from the NRA and the local community.
 
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