The resumption of the No. 4 reactor at the Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Wednesday is expected to ease Kansai Electric Power Co's expected power shortfall for the rest of the summer and lead the government to lower its summer power-saving target for manufacturers in the firm's service area in western Japan from 10% to 5%.
Last month, the government asked households and businesses served by six utilities in central and western Japan to voluntarily cut consumption of electricity by between 5 and 15% on summer 2010 levels through to Sept 7.
However, with the 1.18-million kilowatt No. 4 reactor reaching full capacity on Wednesday morning, the industry ministry said it will recommend a 5% cut in power usage for manufacturers instead of 15%.
The recommended cut for households will remain at 10%, the ministry said.© 2012 AFP