11 Août 2016
August 10, 2016
Workers at the Ikata nuclear power plant in western Japan are engaged in the final inspection of control rods ahead of a planned restart of a reactor there on Friday.
The Ikata plant will be the 3rd to come back online under new regulations adopted after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
Inspectors from the Nuclear Regulation Authority are also participating in the final checkups on Wednesday at the plant's number 3 reactor, operated by Shikoku Electric Power Company.
The checks include confirming whether 16 control rods work properly in the reactor. They are designed to operate automatically during an earthquake and other emergencies.
If the inspection finds no problems, workers will restart the reactor on Friday by pulling out the control rods. The operator plans to start generating electricity and feeding it to the grid 3 days later.
The company initially planned the restart for late July. But trouble with a water cooling pump caused a delay.
Two reactors at the Sendai nuclear plant in Kagoshima Prefecture, southern Japan, have already resumed power generation.
The regulator also approved the restart of 2 reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan. But a court injunction suspended their operation.