KEPCO TO DECOMMISSION TWO UNITS OF OHI NUCLEAR PLANT IN JAPAN

December 27, 2017

Kansai Electric Power Co. has decided to decommission the aging reactors (1 and 2) of the Ohi nuclear power plant located in the town of Ohi, Fukui Prefecture. The 2 reactors at the Ohi plant have output capacity of 1.17 million kilowatts, they will be the first in Japan with output of more than one million kilowatts to be slated for scrapping. Reactor 1 at the plant began commercial operation in March 1979 and reactor 2 started up in December the same year.
On 30 November 2017, the governor of Fukui prefecture in southwest Japan on Nov. 27 approved the restart of the 3 and 4 reactors. Both reactors are 1,127 megawatt pressurized water reactors, began commercial operation in 1991 and 1993.
Of the 11 nuclear reactors Kansai Electric owns, two are currently in operation, seven are offline and two — reactors 1 and 2 at the Mihama nuclear complex — ceased operations in April 2015 and are set to be scrapped.
Aside from the two aging reactors at the Oi plant, the company plans to continue operating the remaining seven reactors by investing some ¥830 billion in new safety measures. (Source: Kepco, Japan Times / Ohi reactors 3 and 4 – Image: Greg Webb)