KEPCO to push restart of Takahama nuclear reactors

Author: 2 Comments Share:

Kansai Electric Power Co., one of the most nuclear-dependent Japanese utilities, has presented a business plan that incorporates reactivating two more nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture, in addition to the Ohi reactors that were brought back online this summer, according to a report in the Japan Times.

In July, immediately after Kepco rebooted the two Oi reactors, President Makoto Yagi said, “we are thinking Takahama reactors 3 and 4 are most promising” for a next round of reactivation.  “We would like to hold discussions with the government with the view to giving top priority to reactivating them,” he added.

The utility also wants to hike rates by an average of 10 to 15 percent for homes and 15 to 25 percent for businesses.

MOX used at Takahama nuclear site

The unit 3 reactor was the last nuclear reactor shut down this year in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster.   In January 2011, the Unit 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant began using MOX nuclear fuel supplied by AREVA.  MOX consists of a mix of uranium and plutonium oxides, recovered from used nuclear fuel.   Kyushu Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Tokyo Electric Power Co. are the three Japanese utilities who have already begun generating power using MOX fuel in their reactors.

When KEPCO first signed a contract with AREVA to supply the MOX fuel, the plan included the use of MOX in both the Unit 3 and Unit 4 reactors, but after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the utility told NHK in July 2011 that a lack of local understanding meant it could proceed with loading the No.4 reactor of the Takahama plant with MOX fuel.

Source: Japan Times


Previous Article

In-Focus: Japan – Noda Cabinet disapproval ratings hit new record high – Kansai Electric applies for nearly 12 percent rate hike

Next Article

In-Focus: Japan – TEPCO adds missing radiation data to online archive – Still no bans lifted on mushroom supplies found contaminated