A Japanese nuclear reactor began generating electricity at capacity this morning – the first in the country to do so since all 50 reactors were taken off line following the Fukushima disaster last year.
The No 3 reactor at the Oi plant in Fukui prefecture went on line eight days ago and hit operational capacity at 1am today, according to operator of the plant, Kansai Electric Power Co.
Now Kansai Electric is preparing to restart the plant’s No 4 reactor with the intention of bringing it to full output on or after July 25.
Kansai Electric President Makoto Yagi said today: “We will make continuous efforts to operate the No. 3 unit safely, and carefully proceed with the reactivation of the No. 4 reactor, giving priority to safety.”
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