Hokkaido Thermal Plant to Partially Resume Operations This Week

Economy

Sapporo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> said Monday that the No. 1 unit at its major thermal power plant will resume operations Tuesday or Wednesday, earlier than previously expected.

The 350,000-kilowatt No. 1 unit will be the first to resume operations at the Tomato-Atsuma thermal plant, whose three generators were shut down following a powerful earthquake that struck the northern Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Sept. 6.

Previously, the company said that the No. 1 unit was unlikely to resume operations at least until late this month.

The decision to move forward the resumption reflected smooth progress in boiler tube repairs, the company said.

The Tomato-Atsuma plant, the largest thermal power station in Hokkaido, supplies about half of the prefecture's electricity. Its shutdown caused a blackout across the region.

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