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Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co to scrap two ageing nuclear reactors

Power News - Published on Tue, 26 Dec 2017

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REUTERS reported that Japan's Kansai Electric Power Co will decommission two ageing reactors at its Ohi nuclear plant as the country's power industry struggles to meet new nuclear safety standards set after the 2011 Fukushima disaster. The announcement, which had been widely expected, brings to 14 the number of reactors being scrapped since the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant more than six years ago as Japan turns away from nuclear power in the face of public opposition, court challenges and unfavourable economics.

A company official said Kansai Electric will scrap the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Ohi plant, which sits some 370 kilometres (230 miles) west of Tokyo. Both have been shut since 2011, as have the two other reactors at the Ohi site.

Each of the reactors being closed has a capacity of 1,175 megawatts and began operations in 1979, meaning they were approaching the end of their standard operating life of 40 years, barring extensions.

Most of Japan's reactors remain shut down, with only four operating, while they undergo relicensing to meet new standards set after the Fukushima crisis highlighted shortcomings in regulation.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 26 Dec 2017
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