The newspaper The West Australian reported this morning:
Japan on Monday began a process that will see another one of the country’s nuclear reactors go offline, leaving just two of 54 in operation.
Kansai Electric Power Co (KEPCO), the largest utility firm after Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), began lowering power generation in unit three at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui prefecture, a KEPCO spokeswoman said.
The reactor is expected to be shut down completely by midnight, leaving all 11 reactors around the country owned by KEPCO idle, she said.
That leaves Japan with only two operating reactors. (That puts the percentage of reactors that are producing power at less than 4 per cent.) As The West Australian reported:
Once the Takahama reactor goes offline it will leave one unit operational at TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant in central Japan and one at the Tomari plant in northern Hokkaido.
Those two units are expected to be closed down for inspection by late April.