Takahama 4 Nuclear Power Plant Automatically Shuts Down

 Takahama 4 Nuclear Power Plant Automatically Shuts Down

Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Takahama 4 nuclear plant in Japan shut down automatically while it was connecting to the power grid four years after it shut down.
 
Takahama had started operations Friday and was in the process of resuming power generation and transmission Monday. However, as soon as the startup procedure began, an alarm sounded and automatically shut down the reactor, according to Nikkei Asian Review. Kansai Electric said an irregularity was detected in transmission of electricity to the grid, like a transmission failure or an alarm going off in error.
 
The company is looking into the cause of the trip, and commercial operation may be pushed back to April. Workers will check for any similar issues in Unit 3. The reactors were shut down in July 2011 after the Fukushima Daiichi disaster, and that five-year shut down may have contributed to the current issues. Workers also discovered a radioactive water leak in Unit 4 days before the restart began.
 
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