Reactor to be rebooted, 1st after checkups since Fukushima accident




Reactor to be rebooted, 1st after checkups since Fukushima accident

FUKUI (Kyodo) — A reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant in western Japan will become late Sunday the first in the country to be reactivated after regular checkups since last year’s Fukushima nuclear crisis, bringing an end to the situation since early May in which Japan has had no operating reactors and easing power constraints.

Kansai Electric Power Co. said it plans to pull out control rods that have contained fission reactions from 9 p.m. at the No. 3 reactor of the plant in Fukui Prefecture on the Sea of Japan coast. It aims to attain a sustained nuclear fission chain reaction, known as criticality, early Monday, begin power transmission Wednesday, and bring it to full operation possibly July 8.

Although a growing group of protestors has blocked a road leading to the plant since Saturday, preventing workers’ access, the utility serving western Japan expects there will be no impact on Sunday’s work as it has already secured enough workers for the job, officials said.

Once the 1.18 million kilowatt reactor runs at full capacity, the utility will likely see its projected power shortage in its service area fall to 9.2 percent from 14.9 percent this summer.

Following government approval June 16, it is also preparing to reboot the plant’s No. 4 reactor to put it back into full service possibly in late July.

Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Seishu Makino is set to witness Sunday’s work as part of the government’s efforts to enhance monitoring of the plant’s resumption amid lingering public concerns about nuclear safety in the wake of the meltdowns of three reactors at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan.

A series of minor troubles has haunted preparations to restart the plant, however, with alarms activated at such locations as a place where the plant receives external power supply and equipment used to monitor power transmission lines.

July 01, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

One Response to “Reactor to be rebooted, 1st after checkups since Fukushima accident”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Everything was just wonderful before 3/11/11 and we all know how that turned out; good Luck Japan, a Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster that Japan cannot afford; with much of this money going to the Utility Gangs which will tighten up their death grip on the Japanese people even more….

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