Kansai Electric Power Co will shut down the No. 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture for scheduled maintenance at midnight Monday.
The shutdown will leave Japan with only two nuclear reactors online -- the No. 6 reactor at Tokyo Electric Power Co's Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in Niigata Prefecture and the No. 3 reactor at Hokkaido Electric Power Co's Tomari plant in Hokkaido. The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency says that both those reactors are due to be shut down for routine maintenance by late March, Fuji TV reported.
As a result of the continuing shutdowns, Kansai Electric has requested that households and businesses continue to take power-saving measures.
Meanwhile, the agency also issued the results of its analysis of data gathered during a recent stress test performed on the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture. The agency has confirmed the adequacy of the plant's safety measures and has approved its reopening. The final decision will be made by the government in collaboration with local self-governing bodies, the agency said.
No reactors taken offline for routine maintenance nationwide have yet been restarted due to public safety fears since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered reactor meltdowns and radiation leaks at Tokyo Electric Power Co’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant.© Japan Today