Kansai Electric to Scrap Aging Ōi Reactors (News)

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Osaka/Fukui, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)—Kansai Electric Power Co. decided at an extraordinary board meeting Friday to decommission the aging number 1 and number 2 reactors at its Ōi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.

The company made the decision as it "puts safety and quality first," Kansai Electric President Iwane Shigeki said at a meeting with Governor Nishikawa Issei at the Fukui prefectural government office.

Kansai Electric, which chiefly serves the Kansai region including Osaka, will file a specific decommissioning plan with the central government next year.

The reactors, each with a capacity of 1,175,000 kilowatts, will be the first to be retired among reactors with a capacity of 1 million kilowatts or over in Japan, excluding one at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s disaster-hit Fukushima Daiichi facility in Fukushima Prefecture.

If Kansai Electric implements measures to beef up the safety of the two Ōi reactors to have them pass the Nuclear Regulation Authority's screenings for a possible extension of their operations, the space in the reactors' containment vessels for workers to carry out inspections and maintenance would be still smaller, Iwane told reporters after the meeting with Nishikawa.

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