Kansai Electric Power Co has announced a plan to add safety features to its nuclear facilities in Fukui Prefecture in the wake of the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, and said the total cost is likely to be around 200 billion yen.
The company aims to add a base-isolated, quake-absorbing system to 11 facilities in the prefecture, NTV reported. Seismic base isolation is a collection of structural elements which are designed to substantially decouple superstructures from their substructures resting on a shaking ground, thus protecting a building's integrity.
Kansai Electric has also announced plans to build coastal embankments to protect facilities against tsunamis. The Mihama nuclear power plant, the scene of several past accidents, including a steam explosion in 2004 in which four workers were killed, is to be bolstered by a 5.5-meter wall on its seaward side and a 2.5-meter wall facing the inland sea, NTV reported.
The total cost of the project is expected to exceed 200 billion yen and will likely take until 2017.
Meanwhile, the Kainan thermal power station in Wakayama Prefecture, which is currently not operational, is due to be restarted in spring 2012, the utility said.
The company plans to increase its fleet of fuel tankers by one to bring the total to six. The company says this will allow for a 25% increase the amount of fuel it can transport, taking the total to 25,000 kiloliters, NTV reported.© Japan Today