Kyushu Electric takes reactor offline for checkup

Sept. 2, 2011 at 5:46 PM

TOKYO, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Kyushu Electric Power Co. has taken its second reactor at its Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima prefecture offline for a three-month scheduled inspection.

With the Sendai nuclear power plant shutdown, only 12 of Japan's 54 commercial power plant reactors are currently in operation.

A Kyushu official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said, "As it would be necessary for us to implement the safety assessment and win local residents' support, it is unclear when operations can actually resume," The Japan Times reported Friday.

The Kyushu Electric Power Co. shutdown of its Sendai nuclear power plant facility means four of the utility company's six reactors serving Kyushu are now offline.

If the inspection does not uncover any unexpected problems, Kyushu hopes to reactivate the Sendai nuclear power station's No. 2 reactor in late November for test operations and restart commercial operations the following month.

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