The Japan Times reported today:
Only 10 of the nation’s 54 nuclear reactors remain in service after Kansai Electric Power Co. closed the No. 2 reactor at its Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture for an inspection late Friday evening.
Although Kansai Electric expects the regular inspection to be completed in about four months, it remains uncertain when it will be able to restart the reactor, as the duration of the government’s stress tests to evaluate its safety has yet to be determined.
In addition, the Fukui Prefectural Government does not intend to approve the reactor’s resumption based solely on the outcome of the safety evaluation, even if the tests give the reactor the all-clear.
Shutdown of Kansai Unit 2 puts the percentage of Japan’s nuclear reactors that are producing electricity at 18.5 per cent.
Three other Kansai reactors are scheduled to come offline early next year.