Sendai nuclear reactors get approval for restart

Sendai nuclear reactors get approval for restart

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Kagoshima Prefecture’s nuclear plant has got the final permit that is needed to restart its reactors on May 27, 2015. The Nuclear Regulation authority of Japan approved the operational safety plans for two of the reactors of the Sendai nuclear power stations that are owned by the Kyushu Electric Power Co.

This is the last step in the three part screening process by the authority that the utility needs to go through. The safety programs of the plant include emergency response system, flooding, fire or other natural disasters including a serious accident. The plant had won the safety approval in September 2014for the reactors and equipment under the tighter rules that were set after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The natural disaster in March 2011 had destroyed the Fukushima plant in northeastern Japan and then it was expected to be the first to restart. The approval of the Sendai plant has left the utility with just one more check before it begins its reactors. The first reactor of the Kyushu Electric is expected to begin in late July 2015. And the second reactor is expected to begin in September 2015.

There are possibilities of a further delay in the restart process. The approval for restarting the reactors came after two years of application that was submitted by Kyushu Electric for screening.

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