Japan's nuclear plants unlikely to restart this year
(Montel) None of Japan's nuclear power plants that were taken offline in March 2011 are likely to restart operations within the year as stringent government safety checks remain incomplete, the Kyodo news agency reported on Sunday, according to Dow Jones.
Kansai Electric Power’s Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture, currently the only operating nuclear plant in the country, is also likely to be suspended in September for routine checks regardless of the new safety standards that are planned to enter into force in July, according to the survey of the 10 power companies that have nuclear plants.
The financial burden on Japan’s utilities could hit JPY 1.1tn as they increase safety following the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
Kyushu Electric Power said it could restart two of its nuclear reactors in southwestern Japan in July if inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority are completed swiftly, but all the other utilities declined to provide specific dates, Dow Jones Reported.
Kyodo reported Shikoku Electric Power as saying it will aim to restart its reactors as soon as possible, but a senior official at the plant said said it would be "impossible to restart within the year" unless the government's safety inspections are conducted more speedily.
07:42, Monday, 4 March 2013