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Kansai Electric restarts reactor in Fukui after safety issues

Staff Writer | May 17, 2017
Kansai Electric Power restarted the No. 4 reactor at its Takahama nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on May 17 after a high court overturned an injunction that had suspended operations because of safety issues.
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Until this latest decision, only three other reactors were online in Japan.

The reactor was brought back online in February 2016 after the utility met tougher safety standards introduced after the 2011 nuclear disaster.

But it was forced to shut down three days later because of technical problems while connecting the power generator and transmission lines.

The No. 3 reactor also was taken offline the following month after the injunction issued by the Otsu District Court in neighboring Shiga Prefecture. The injunction applied to the No. 4 reactor as well.

However, the Osaka High Court in March overturned the lower court's injunction that caused the Takahama plant to suspend operations.

Kansai Electric intends to start transmitting electricity from the No. 4 reactor on May 22 at the latest after connecting the power generator and transmission lines.