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Kyushu Electric shuts another n-reactor for delayed work

  • May 20, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 1:36 p.m.
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Kagoshima, May 20 (Jiji Press)–Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> suspended Wednesday another reactor at its Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan, due to a delay in the construction of antiterror facilities.

 

The suspension of the plant’s No. 2 reactor in the city of Satsumasendai came after its No. 1 reactor halted operations in March for the same reason.

 

The No. 2 reactor started lowering its power output around 2:30 a.m. (5:30 p.m. Tuesday GMT) and halted electricity generation around 9 a.m., according to the company. It was shut down around 12:50 p.m.

 

The reactor will undergo routine inspections and is expected to resume power generation on Jan. 26 next year.

 

During the suspension, the company aims to complete the construction of antiterror facilities, including an emergency control room.

 

Both reactors were last shut at the same time in April-June 2018 due to inspections.

 

The suspension of the two reactors is estimated to push up Kyushu Electric’s fuel costs for power generation by some 25 billion yen. But the company said it has no plans at the moment to raise its electricity rates.

 

 

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