Another Generator at Quake-Hit Hokkaido Power Plant Reactivated

Economy

Sapporo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--The No. 4 generator of the Tomato-Atsuma thermal power plant in Hokkaido was reactivated Tuesday, its operator said, helping ensure stable electricity supply in the northern Japan prefecture hit by a strong earthquake early this month.

The 700,000-kilowatt No. 4 unit, the largest among the three generators at the Tomato-Atsuma plant, the largest thermal power station in Hokkaido, was brought back into operation at 3 a.m. (6 p.m. Monday GMT), Hokkaido Electric Power Co. <9509> said.

The plant shut down after the 6.7-magnitude earthquake rocked the prefecture on Sept. 6, causing a serious power shortage across the island. The plant is located in the town of Atsuma, one of the areas hit hardest by the quake.

The 350,000-kilowatt No. 2 generator of Hokkaido's Shiriuchi thermal power plant, located in the town of Shiriuchi, was also brought back online at around 1:40 a.m. after inspections were completed.

The recovery of the Tomato-Atsuma plant's No. 4 unit and the Shiriuchi plant's No. 2 unit raised Hokkaido Electric's total power supply capacity to 4.61 million kilowatts, 20.4 pct above the peak electricity demand of 3.83 million kilowatts assumed before the earthquake, company officials said.

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