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Kansai Elec halts nuclear reactor for delayed antiterrorism work

  • October 7, 2020
  • , Jiji Press , 5:40 p.m.
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Osaka, Oct. 7 (Jiji Press)–Kansai Electric Power Co. <9503> on Wednesday suspended a nuclear power reactor in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, as it is set to miss a deadline for constructing antiterrorism facilities.

The company, which serves the Kansai western Japan region, brought the No. 4 reactor at the Takahama plant offline at 11 a.m. (2 a.m. GMT) and started a periodic inspection of it.

The 870,000-kilowatt reactor is scheduled to go back online on Jan. 25 next year and resume commercial operation on Feb. 19.

In the regular inspection, pipes for the so-called secondary cooling system that are not exposed to radioactive materials will be checked. Also, 65 of the 157 fuel assemblies in the reactor will be replaced with new ones.

Kansai Electric, based in the western city of Osaka, aims to complete the construction of the facilities against possible terror attacks by the end of this year.

In April 2019, the Nuclear Regulation Authority decided that it would order nuclear reactors in operation to be halted if such safety facilities are not completed by a deadline. Thursday is the deadline for the No. 4 reactor at the nuclear plant in the town of Takahama.

The Takahama No. 4 unit is the third reactor brought to a halt during operation due to a delay in the construction of antiterrorism facilities, following the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s <9508> Sendai plant in the city of Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, southwestern Japan. The two Sendai reactors were suspended earlier this year.

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