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Japan’s Hokkaido Electric Delays Resuming Atomic Unit Operations via Bloomberg

Hokkaido Electric Power Co., a power utility serving the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, said it has no definite plans on when it can resume operations at its Tomari nuclear power plant, delaying a restart it had originally planned for later this year.
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Nuclear power made up 44 percent of Hokkaido Electric’s power generation in fiscal 2011, all of which came from the reactors at Tomari. The last reactor at Tomari suspended operations in May 2012.
Without nuclear power, Hokkaido Electric posted a net loss of 132.8 billion yen ($1.12 billion) in fiscal 2013, compared with a profit of 12 billion yen in the same period in 2011.
Japan’s nuclear fleet was gradually taken offline in the years since the March 2011 Fukushima disaster, with the last of the country’s 43 operable commercial reactors closed in September 2013.
Kyushu Electric Power Co. restarted the No. 1 reactor at its Sendai facility on Aug. 11, the first to resume operations under post-Fukushima safety rules. The company expects to restart the second atomic unit at Sendai next month.

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