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Kyushu Electric president aims to operate Sendai nuclear reactors for 60 years

  • 2015-11-19 15:00:00
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(Asahi: November 19, 2015 – p. 11)

 

 Kyushu Electric Power Company President Michiaki Uriu indicated on Nov. 18 his intent to strive to operate the recently reactivated Sendai No. 1 and No. 2 nuclear reactors (in Satsuma-sendai City, Kagoshima Prefecture) for 60 years. He thus revealed his plan to extend the operation period of the reactors, which has basically been set at a maximum of 40 years after the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. The operation period can be extended up to 60 years if the reactors pass the Nuclear Regulation Authority’s (NRA) safety inspections.

 

 The No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear plant is now 31 years old, while the No. 2 reactor is 30 years old. Uriu visited Kagoshima Governor Yuichiro Ito at the prefectural government office on Nov. 18 to report the reactivation of the No. 2 reactor after the No. 1 reactor resumed operations. He answered questions from reporters after the visit. Among the other utility companies, the Kansai Electric Power Company is also aiming at extending the operation of its Takahama No. 1 and No. 2 reactors.

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