Skip to content

Two reactors at Tepco’s giant Niigata plant close to being restarted via the Japan Times

Two Tokyo Electric reactors at the massive Kashiwazaki-Kariwa power station in Niigata Prefecture are expected to clear the initial safety hurdle for restarts soon, sources said Friday.

According to the sources, the Nuclear Regulation Authority will start talks on the issue on Wednesday, with a view to compiling a document that will certify the two units passed the new safety requirements introduced after the Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. has been struggling to recover ever since the triple core meltdown in March 2011 because the seven-reactor Niigata plant is a crucial money maker. The utility has spent years trying to restart the plant, which is the only nuclear complex it runs aside from the disaster-hit Fukushima No. 1 plant in Fukushima Prefecture.

It filed for safety assessments for reactor Nos. 6 and 7 in September 2013.

The NRA wants to reach a conclusion on the issue before Chairman Shunichi Tanaka’s five-year term expires on Sept. 18, the sources said. But the move may trigger public criticism because Tepco still has a long way to go to scrap the ruined reactors at Fukushima No. 1, which was engulfed by quake-triggered tsunami and lost all power.

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa complex is one of the world’s largest nuclear power plants and has an output capacity of 8.2 million kilowatts. Units 6 and 7 are boiling water reactors — the same type as the ones at Fukushima No. 1 — and the newest of the seven sitting along the Sea of Japan coast.

The governments hosting the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant are also cautious about restarting the units, with Niigata Gov. Ryuichi Yoneyama saying it will take “around three to four years” for the utility to win local consent on the matter.

Tepco, which is facing massive compensation payments and other costs from dealing with the world’s worst nuclear crises since Chernobyl, has been desperate to restart the idled reactors so it can reduce spending on costly fossil fuel imports needed to run the thermal power plants making up for the nationwide nuclear shutdowns.



Read more.

Posted in *English.

Tagged with , , .

3 Responses

Stay in touch with the conversation, subscribe to the RSS feed for comments on this post.

  1. IDM Crack says

    JetBrains ReSharper Ultimate is the most efficient tool that is integrated into Visual Studio. It’s a productivity extension within the visual studio that assists in finding mistakes. Additionally, it can help with code correction errors, redundancy issues, syntax problems, and many others

  2. Corel Draw Crack says

    microsoft office 2021 crack is the newest version of Microsoft’s famous suite of office applications for PC and Mac. It comes with classics like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and more recent versions like Microsoft Team. While the competition with Google’s workplace is becoming more intense, Microsoft Office is still often regarded as the strongest package of productivity tools available.

  3. Leapwing Audio Rootone Crack says

    ChemSketch crack is a drawing program that lets you draw chemical structures such as organics, organometallics, and polymers, as well as Markush structures. It also has tools for the calculation of the molecular characteristics (e.g., molecular density, weight, refractivity, etc. ) as well as 3D and 2D cleaning and viewing of structures as well as the capability to name structure (fewer than 50atoms, and three rings) as well as the prediction of the log P. The free version of ChemSketch With Crack cannot provide the full functionality that is available in the paid version. Check out the ACD/ChemSketch Crack 2022 website to find out how to use the paid version.

Some HTML is OK

or, reply to this post via trackback.