19 Novembre 2015
November 19, 2015
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN
KAGOSHIMA--Kyushu Electric Power Co. plans to operate its two recently restarted nuclear reactors in Kagoshima Prefecture for 60 years, the longest period allowed under new safety regulations.
“We will make efforts toward 60-year-long operations,” Kyushu Electric Power President Michiaki Uriu said on Nov. 18.
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the company’s Sendai nuclear power plant in Satsuma-Sendai were first put online in 1984 and 1985 respectively. Their operations were suspended after the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011.
Under tougher safety regulations worked out after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, nuclear reactors can be operated for up to 40 years, in principle. However, an extension of up to 20 years is permitted if the reactors pass screenings of the Nuclear Regulation Authority.
The No. 1 reactor restarted commercial operations on Sept. 10 this year, followed by the No. 2 reactor on Nov. 17.
Uriu visited Kagoshima Governor Yuichiro Ito on Nov. 18 to report the resumption of operations of the No. 2 reactor.
(This article was written by Shusaku Isobe and Junichiro Nagasaki.)