Key Thermal Plant in Quake-Hit Hokkaido Restarted Partially

Economy

Sapporo, Sept. 19 (Jiji Press)--Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> brought its earthquake-affected key thermal power station partially back online for the first time in 13 days on Wednesday.

The 350,000-kilowatt No. 1 unit at the Tomato-Atsuma plant was reactivated at 9 a.m. (midnight Tuesday GMT), the company said.

It is among the plant's three generators shut down after a 6.7-magnitude temblor rocked the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido on Sept. 6. The other two units remain offline.

The partial restart of the largest thermal power station in Hokkaido, located in the town of Atsuma, one of the areas hit hardest by the quake, is expected to enhance the stability of power supply in the prefecture, making it no longer necessary for the company to seek 10 pct power-saving by customers.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, Hokkaido Electric expressed its gratitude for clients' cooperation in power-saving.

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