2 Kyushu Elec Reactors to Be Halted for Delayed Antiterror Work

Economy

Fukuoka, Oct. 4 (Jiji Press)--Kyushu Electric Power Co. <9508> is set to suspend operations at two reactors at its Sendai nuclear power station in southwestern Japan, due to a delay in the construction of facilities to be used in the event of terrorist attacks.

The No. 1 reactor at the plant in the city of Satsumasendai, Kagoshima Prefecture, part of the Kyushu region, will be halted for about nine months from March 16, 2020, and the No. 2 reactor for about eight months from May 20 the same year, the power company said Thursday.

It will be the first time for nuclear reactors in Japan to be halted due to delayed work to build facilities aimed at minimizing leaks of radioactive substances in times of emergencies such as terrorist attacks.

The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors are scheduled to resume power generation on Dec. 26, 2020, and Jan. 26, 2021, respectively. The two units are expected to switch to commercial mode about a month after their restarts.

At Kyushu Electric's Genkai nuclear plant in Saga Prefecture, also in Kyushu, the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors are set to go offline in August 2020 and December the same year, respectively, for regular checkups.

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