Restart Pushed Back for Unit at Quake-Hit Hokkaido Power Plant

Economy

Sapporo, Sept. 23 (Jiji Press)--Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> said Sunday that it has decided to postpone the restart of the No. 2 unit at its quake-hit Tomato-Atsuma thermal power station to mid-October, because of a problem with some equipment.

The company said its power supply capacity is currently well above demand, while asking customers to make reasonable efforts to cut electricity consumption.

Boiler tubes of the 600,000-kilowatt No. 2 unit at the largest thermal power plant in Hokkaido were damaged due to the 6.7-magnitude earthquake that rocked the northernmost Japan prefecture on Sept. 6.

Shortly after the quake, the regional power supplier said that the unit would be brought back online in mid-October or later.

On Thursday, the company said that the generator can be reactivated as early as Sunday as work to replace boiler tubes had been completed.

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