• Kyodo News


Kyushu Electric Power Co. has frozen procedures to build a third reactor at its nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture in light of the country’s quake-triggered nuclear disaster, a company official said Tuesday.

The freeze could delay Kyushu Electric’s plan to start building one of the country’s largest reactors, with an output capacity of 1.59 million kw, in 2014 and start generating power in 2019 at the Sendai plant in the city of Satsumasendai.

Following a request from Kagoshima Gov. Yuichiro Ito, who had agreed to the project last year, Mamoru Dangami, vice president of the regional power supplier, notified the governor Monday that the firm will not apply for reclamation near the plant for the time being, according to the official.

As the crisis involving Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant festers, Prime Minister Naoto Kan has expressed his readiness to review the country’s basic policy of building at least 14 nuclear reactors by 2030.

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