Nuclear

Japan Okays Second Nuclear Operation Extension after Fukushima

By Editors of Power Engineering

Japan’s nuclear regulator approved a request by Kansai Electric Power Co. to extend the life of a nuclear reactor beyond 40 years.

This marks the second life extension of a nuclear plant in Japan granted since the Fukushima disaster, Reuters reported.

The move allows the No. 3 reactor at the Mihama plant to operate until 2036. However, it was shut down in 2011 and a restart will not happen until Kansai Electric undertakes $1.51 billion in upgrades, which are expected to be finished in March 2020.

The first approved extension was given in June to Kansai’s No. 1 and No. 2 units at its Takahama plant.