Matsuyama, Ehime Pref., Nov. 22 (Jiji Press)–Shikoku Electric Power Co. <9507> said Monday it will reactivate the No. 3 reactor at its Ikata nuclear power plant in Ehime Prefecture, western Japan, on Dec. 2.
The reactor will be online for the first time in about one year and 11 months.
Electricity transmission from the reactor will start on Dec. 6.
The reactor was due to restart operations in October but the schedule was delayed after it was revealed in July that a former employee sneaked out while on night duty and left the reactor short of the required number of staff for safety.
The company has explained, mainly to a panel of experts appointed by the Ehime prefectural government, how the breach of safety regulations occurred and how it will prevent a recurrence of similar incidents.
On Friday, Ehime Governor Tokihiro Nakamura informed the company’s president, Keisuke Nagai, of his decision to approve operations at the reactor.
The No. 3 reactor halted operations on Dec. 26, 2019, for regular checkups.
Its restart has been hampered by such factors as a provisional order by Hiroshima High Court in January 2020 to suspend the reactor, which was reversed later, and a delay in the construction of its antiterrorism facility.