Kansai Electric, Japan Atomic Power move on plans to scrap three reactors

JIJI

Kansai Electric Power Co. and Japan Atomic Power Co. will submit applications to the Nuclear Regulation Authority as early as Friday seeking approval for plans to scrap aging nuclear reactors in western Japan, it was learned Thursday.

The timetables for the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors of Kansai Electric’s Mihama plant and for the No. 1 reactor of Japan Atomic Power’s Tsuruga plant will outline the facilities and equipment to be dismantled and the length of time it will take to complete the work.

The dismantling operations are expected to take around 30 years for the Mihama No. 1 and No. 2 reactors and about 25 years for the Tsuruga No. 1 reactor, informed sources said. The three reactors, all in Fukui Prefecture, were decommissioned in April last year.

On Wednesday, Kansai Electric and Japan Atomic Power concluded agreements with the Fukui Prefectural Government and the governments of the host municipalities — the town of Mihama and city of Tsuruga. The agreements, which include regional revitalization measures, are the first of their kind in Japan.

Along with the three reactors, the No. 1 reactor at Kyushu Electric Power Co.’s Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture and the No. 1 reactor at Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s Shimane plant in Shimane Prefecture were decommissioned in April last year.

Kyushu Electric filed an application in December for NRA approval of its schedule to scrap the Genkai No. 1 reactor.