IKATA, Ehime Prefecture–Japan may need to expand existing nuclear power plants or build new ones as it will rely on nuclear power generation in the future, according to Sadayuki Sakakibara, chair of Keidanren (Japan Business Federation).
“As an important source of energy, we will continue to utilize nuclear power plants,” Sakakibara said after the visit. “We need to explore the expansion of existing facilities and building new plants as future options.”
The Ikata plant’s No. 3 reactor was restarted in September 2016 after five years and four months of suspension.
It went offline in October 2017 for a regular checkup, which is scheduled to last through January 2018.
“It seems (Shikoku Electric) is implementing thorough measures taking in lessons from the Fukushima nuclear plant accident,” said Sakakibara.
“I would like them to put operational safety first.”