Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA) has approved Kansai Electric Power Co.’s plan to conduct pre-restart inspections at its Takahama 3 nuclear power reactor on Jan. 23 and begin startup testing the last week in January.
Kansai Electric said in a Jan. 8 statement that the 870-megawatt reactor would be connected to the electricity grid after Jan. 31 and power raised to 100 percent on a test basis by Feb. 4. Takahama 4 is expected to follow its sister reactor into operation by about a month.
Two of Japan’s 43 operable reactors, Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Sendai 1 and 2, are in full commercial operation, since September and November 2015 respectively.
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