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28 March, 2018

Thoughts on the Resumption of Operation at the Ohi-3 and Genkai-3 NPPs

On March 14, the Ohi-3 (PWR, 1180MWe) of the Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kansai-EP) resumed operation, followed by the Genkai-3 (PWR, 1180MWe) of the Kyushu Electric Power Co., on March 23. That brings the total number of the country’s nuclear power plants clearing the new post-2011 safety regulations to seven.

JAIF President TakahashiAdditionally, the Genkai-3, along with the Kansai-EP’s Takahama-3 and -4 and the Ikata-3 of the Shikoku Electric Power Co.—the latter three of which had previously been restarted—are partially using mixed uranium-plutonium oxide (MOX) fuel. Despite the long time needed for the new regulatory inspections to be carried out, I wish to pay my respects again here to the regulators and nuclear operators for their response to them, having conducted them safely and without making any compromises. Kansai-EP has already successfully restarted the Takahama-3 and -4 NPPs, and Kyushu Electric Power the Sendai-1 and -2 NPPs, and I hope that the two power companies will use those experiences as a foundation toward the safe and steady resumption of operations at the two recently restarted reactors, ...more
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