Kyushu Elec. to Halt Reactor Due to Antiterror Facility Delay

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Fukuoka, June 14 (Jiji Press)--Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> is seen halting a southwestern Japan nuclear reactor next March due to a delay in the construction of a facility to prepare for terrorist attacks.

The No. 1 reactor at the Fukuoka-based company's Sendai power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture will be the first in Japan whose operation will be suspended because of a delay in the construction of such a facility, which would be used to ensure nuclear plant safety in the event of a terrorist attack.

In April this year, the Nuclear Regulation Authority decided to order a halt to a nuclear reactor in operation if the construction of such a facility is not completed by the designated deadline.

On Wednesday, the authority indicated its policy of issuing such an order about a week before the deadline.

At Kyushu Electric, the construction of the facility for the 890,000-kilowatt reactor is unlikely to finish before the deadline of March 17, 2020.

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