6 Juin 2017
June 6, 2017
Takahama No.3 reactor restarted
Another reactor in Fukui Prefecture, central Japan, has been restarted, bringing to 5 the total number of Japanese reactors currently in operation.
The No.3 reactor at Takahama nuclear plant came online after Kansai Electric Power Company workers completed pulling out its control rods at 2 PM on Tuesday.
The reactor runs on MOX fuel, which is a mixture of plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel and uranium.
Takahama's No.3 and No.4 reactors were stopped following a court injunction issued in March last year.
But after a higher court decision this March to nullify the injunction, the No.4 reactor was restarted last month.
Kansai Electric says the No.3 reactor will reach criticality, a self-sustained nuclear reaction, early on Wednesday. It expects to start power generation and grid transmission on Friday.
The utility plans to notify the government of cuts in electric bills after resuming commercial operations with the reactor in early July.
Reactors currently in operation besides Takahama No.3 and No.4 are 2 at the Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture and one at the Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture.