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23 March, 2018

Seventh NPP Restarted: Genkai-3

On March 23, the Genkai-3 Nuclear Power Plant (PWR, 1180MWe), owned and operated by the Kyushu Electric Power Co., in Genkai Town, Saga Prefecture, was restarted. It is the seventh NPP restarted under the new regulatory standards aimed at strengthening safety measures for nuclear power plants. The 6th, the Ohi-3 NPP, owned and operated by the Kansai Electric Power (Kansai EP), in Ohi Town, Fukui Prefecture, was restarted on March 14. Seven years after the giant earthquake in March 2011, driven by the realities of supply and demand, Japan’s return to nuclear power is becoming clear.

Genkai NPPsThe Genkai-3 resumes operation after 7 years and three months. It is expected to achieve criticality tonight and connect to the grid on March 25. Mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel is included in the fuel for the unit. The Genkai-4 NPP, which cleared its compatibility examination by the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) along with Unit 3, is expected to be restarted in May. The Kyushu Electric Power Co. foresees a monthly improvement of JPY9 billion (USD87 million at USD1=JPY104) to its income and expenditure situation through the returns to service of Genkai-3 and -4. It will, nevertheless, maintain its current power rates for the time being and focus on improving its weakened financial situation. There are eight municipalities in three prefectures – Saga, Fukuoka and Naga...more
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