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April 13, 2015

Japan denies reactor restart for Takahama nuclear power plant

Kansai Electric Power has been denied permission to restart two of its nuclear reactors at the Takahama nuclear power station, citing safety reasons.

By Shreosree Banerjee

Takahama NPP

Kansai Electric Power has been denied permission to restart two of its nuclear reactors at the Takahama nuclear power station, citing safety reasons.

The decision by the Fukui District Court involves the No. 3 and 4 reactors at the four-unit plant, which is located along the coast of Fukui Prefecture in western Japan.

Each of the two reactors has power generation capacity of 870MW.

The denial is a blow for the company, since the plant had already cleared safety screening under the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) in the country in February this year.

"The denial is a blow for the company, since the plant had already cleared safety screening under the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) in the country in February this year."

The nuclear power industry had been stalled in Japan following the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in March 2011. Nearly 48 nuclear reactors had been taken offline by the government as of September 2013. However, the present Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had been trying to revive the nuclear energy sector in order to meet the growing energy demands in the country.

Kansai Electric Power will appeal the court decision which might result in considerable litigation delays, reports Reuters.

Initial approval for the nuclear restart in Japan was granted to Kyushu Electric Power for the Sendai nuclear power station in Kagoshima Prefecture. The facility received safety clearance for the restart in September 2014.


Image: Takahama Nuclear Power Station Photo: courtesy of Hirorinmasa / Wikipedia.

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