Japan’s Kansai to shut Takahama No.4 reactor

Source : https://www.argusmedia.com/en/news/2147120-japans-kansai-to-shut-takahama-no4-reactor


Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power is planning to close the 870MW No.4 reactor at its Takahama nuclear power plant on 7 October for around four months after missing a deadline for installing counter-terrorism measures.

The No.4 reactor will close around seven months after resuming commercial operations on 26 February following regular maintenance. The reactor is expected to be restarted on 25 January 2021 after installing counter-terrorism facilities and completing maintenance.

Japan's nuclear safety guidelines require nuclear plant operators to build emergency control facilities that can remotely prevent meltdowns and the release of radioactive materials in the event of severe accidents such as an aircraft crash or terrorist attack.

Kansai was required to finish installing counter-terrorism facilities at the Takahama No.4 reactor by 8 October. The company expects the installation itself will be finished during December.

Kansai will have only one commercial reactor, the 1,180MW Ohi No.4 reactor, after the closure of the Takahama No.4 reactor. But the Ohi No.4 reactor is also scheduled to shut down for regular maintenance from 3 November to 17 January next year. It remains unclear when the Ohi No.3 reactor will be brought back on line.

By Motoko Hasegawa

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