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Nuclear power plant restarted in Japan

Japanese utility Kansai Electric Power Co. on June 29 restarted a nuclear power reactor, Unit 3, at its Ohi Power Station, according to The Wall Street Journal.

On June 16, Kansai Electric Power Co. received approval from the Japanese government to restart both units 3 and 4 at the Ohi Power Station. Kansai said after the start-up and testing of Unit 3 they will commence with the start-up of Unit 4, expected to take place in mid- to late-July.

Japan’s last operating reactor, Hokkaido Electric Power Co.’s Tomari 3, shut down for regular inspections in May. Prior to the Fukushima Daiichi disaster in March 2011, the country had 50 operating reactors that generated over 44,000 MW, or about 30 percent of the nation’s demand.

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