Aomori, Sept. 11 (Jiji Press)–Electric Power Development Co. <9513> will postpone the launch of operations at its Oma nuclear power plant, under construction in the northeastern Japan prefecture of Aomori, from fiscal 2026 to around fiscal 2028, company officials said Thursday.
The fourth delay comes as the start of work to ensure the safety of the plant in the town of Oma will be pushed back from the second half of calendar 2020 to the second half of calendar 2022 because of a prolonged safety examination of the plant by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the officials said.
Akihito Urashima, executive vice president at Electric Power Development, or J-Power, apologized for the latest delay, at a meeting with Aomori Deputy Governor Tsukasa Kashiwagi.
To ease the negative impact that the delay will have on the local economy, Urashima said the company will proceed with construction work not covered by the NRA examination.
The Oma plant is expected to be the world’s first nuclear power station that uses only mixed oxide, or MOX, fuel, a blend of plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel and uranium.
J-Power filed for the NRA examination of the plant in December 2014.