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Kansai Electric may scrap two aging nuclear reactors at Oi plant via The Japan Times

The operator of the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture is considering scrapping two aging reactors at the complex as it may be too costly to make upgrades required to meet new post-Fukushima safety standards, a source said Tuesday.

Kansai Electric Power Co. will make a final decision by the end of the year over the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the four-reactor plant located on the Sea of Japan coast, which in 2019 will have been in operation for 40 years, the source said.

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For the two Oi nuclear reactors to meet the requirements, an additional investment to the scale of ¥100 billion ($891 million) is needed, the source said.

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The firm said Tuesday it is “studying from the technical and safety perspectives preparations” to apply to the Nuclear Regulation Authority for safety reviews of reactors 1 and 2 to resume their operations.

Of the 11 nuclear reactors Kansai Electric owns, two are currently in operation, seven are offline and two — reactors 1 and 2 at the Mihama nuclear complex — ceased operations in April 2015 and are set to be scrapped.

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