Jan 30, 2016

Takahama plant's No. 3 reactor reaches criticality

The No. 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture reached criticality Saturday morning following its reactivation the previous afternoon, Kansai Electric Power Co. said. The self-sustained fission reaction started at 6 a.m., according to Kepco, which serves western Japan. The reboot ...

Fukui governor OKs reactor restarts at Takahama plant

Dec 22, 2015

Fukui governor OKs reactor restarts at Takahama plant

Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa gave the go-ahead Tuesday for Kansai Electric Power Co. to restart the No. 3 and No. 4 reactors at its Takahama plant on the Sea of Japan coast. The utility is looking to restart unit 3 in late January and ...

Oct 28, 2015

Kansai Electric Power Co. seeks 'loose' alliances amid nuclear uncertainty

Kansai Electric Power Co., Japan’s second-biggest power utility, is seeking “loose partnerships” with energy companies amid uncertainty over the timing of nuclear restarts and ahead of the deregulation of the retail electricity market. The Osaka-based utility, which agreed to cooperative partnerships with the London-based ...

May 12, 2015

Kepco to raise household electricity rate by 8.36%

Kansai Electric Power Co. will raise the amount it charges households for electricity by an average of 8.36 percent starting June 1, industry minister Yoichi Miyazawa said Tuesday. Higher imported fossil fuel costs are weighing on the firm’s earnings in the absence of nuclear ...

May 27, 2014

Utility may restart Oi reactors before high court ruling

Kansai Electric Power Co. may restart reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant in spite of a district court ruling if the step is approved by the regulator, the government and citizens, the company’s president said Tuesday. Kansai Electric may restart the No. 3 ...