Reuters reported yesterday that the start up date for the Shimane Unit 3 reactor might be delayed:
Chugoku Electric Power said it may delay the planned March 2012 start of commercial operations for its third nuclear reactor because engineers are busy dealing with a crisis at a nuclear plant operated by Tokyo Electric Power .
Proponents of the expansion of the South Texas Nuclear Project have argued that Japan’s advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR) projects have been ‘on time and on budget.’ STNP wants to put two ABWRs at its existing site.
GE-Hitachi manufactures contol rod drives for ABWR’s. The company was working on repairing defective control rod drives which Shimane had returned last month. According to Reuters:
Chugoku Electric, headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, said it had not reported any change to regulators in plans for the 1,373 megawatt (MW) No.3 boiling water reactor, but work had been halted on key parts returned to a manufacturer in northeast Japan for cleaning.
The manufacturer, Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy Ltd , suffered damage to its plant in Hitachi city during this month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, while many of the company’s engineers had gone to work at the Fukushima nuclear plant, delaying other projects.
Chugoku Electric said no damage had been reported to the control rod drives sent to Hitachi city last month, which will be reinstalled in the new reactor at the utility’s existing Shimane nuclear plant.