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Japan: Kyushu Electric to halt two reactors due to delay in anti-terrorism measures
The Japan Times
Kyushu Electric to halt two reactors due to delay in anti-terrorism measures
FUKUOKA – Kyushu Electric Power Co. said Thursday it will halt two reactors next year due to a delay in implementing anti-terrorism measures required by regulators, in the first such suspension under stricter rules set after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear crisis.
The power company said it will shut down the Nos. 1 and 2 reactors at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in March and May and plans to restart them in December and January 2021 respectively after the installation of necessary facilities.
Under tighter requirements introduced in 2013 by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, nuclear plant operators are required to build facilities that are able to maintain the cooling of nuclear reactors via remote control and prevent the massive release of radioactive materials, even if the units come under attack, such as planes being flown into them.
In April the regulator had refused the company’s request to postpone the deadlines for the completion of the facilities’ construction — March 17 for reactor No. 1 and May 21 for No. 2. The two units will be temporarily closed the day before the deadline.