14.03.2018_No52 / News in Brief

Ohi-3 Becomes Sixth Unit To Restart In Japan Since Fukushima

Plant Operation

14 Mar (NucNet): Japanese nuclear operator Kansai Electric Power Company restarted the Ohi-3 nuclear reactor unit on 14 March 2018 at 17:00 local time, a statement by the company said.

The Ohi nuclear power station in Japan.

Kansai Electric loaded fuel into the reactor core on 13 February 2018. The company did not say if the unit had resumed commercial operation.

The plant becomes the sixth commercial nuclear unit to restart in Japan after meeting new safety standards imposed after the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident.

Ohi-3 in in Fukui Prefecture, southwest Japan, is a 1,127-MW pressurised water reactor unit that began commercial operation in 1991.

All of Japan’s 48 reactors were shut between 2011 and 2012 after the March 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident for safety assessments and upgrading measures.

The governor of Fukui Prefecture approved the restart of Ohi-3 and -4 in November 2017, clearing the final regulatory hurdle.

Five units had already resumed commercial operation after meeting the revised regulatory standards. They are: Takahama-3 and -4, Ikata-3 and Sendai-1 and -2.

Related reports in the NucNet database (available to subscribers):

  • Fuel Loading Complete At Japan’s Ohi-3 (News in Brief No.31, 13 February 2018)




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