Halted Kansai Electric reactor placed in cold shutdown

National Mar 2, 2016

Halted Kansai Electric reactor placed in cold shutdown

Kansai Electric Power Co. has placed a nuclear reactor at its Takahama plant in a state of cold shutdown to investigate why the automatic safety shutoff was triggered earlier this week, the utility said Wednesday. The No. 4 reactor at the nuclear power plant in ...

National Dec 16, 2015

Evacuation plan compiled for residents around Takahama nuclear plant

The Cabinet Office and three western prefectures finalized an evacuation plan Wednesday for residents living within 30 kilometers of Kansai Electric Power Co.'s idled Takahama nuclear plant. The proposal is expected to be approved on Friday by the Nuclear Emergency Preparedness Commission that is chaired ...

Kansai Electric eyes joint procurement with four other utilities

Business Jul 27, 2015

Kansai Electric eyes joint procurement with four other utilities

Kansai Electric Power Co. and four other regional utilities are planning to jointly purchase equipment as part of cost-cutting efforts, industry sources said Monday. The tie-up between Kansai Electric, Chugoku Electric Power Co., Kyushu Electric Power Co., Shikoku Electric Power Co. and Hokuriku Electric Power ...

Curtain falls on atomic feud with Kepco

National May 24, 2015

Curtain falls on atomic feud with Kepco

by Eric Johnston

They're nothing but a bunch of overpaid, arrogant jerks who should have been fired long ago for their managerial incompetence, while he's a just another crude loudmouth who has no idea what he's talking about. Based on their public comments these past few years, that ...

Business Apr 17, 2015

Current nonnuclear power capacity should suffice for summer: METI

Japan is expected to secure the minimum required power supply capacity this summer, the industry ministry said Thursday, meaning electricity supply will be sufficient during the high-demand season even if none of the country's nuclear reactors resumes operation by then. Although the government is expected ...

National Apr 2, 2015

Life-span extension reviews begins for three aging Kepco reactors

The nuclear regulator on Thursday began screening three Kansai Electric Power Co. reactors which the utility wants to bring back online and keep in service beyond their mandated 40-year life span. All three are now nearing that limit. A regulation brought in after the March ...

National Feb 27, 2015

Takahama assembly to vote on restarting nuclear reactors

by Eric Johnston

The town assembly of Takahama, Fukui Prefecture, which hosts Kansai Electric Power Co.'s Takahama nuclear power plant, will decide by March 20 whether to approve the restart of the plant's No. 3 and 4 reactors, which recently cleared central government inspections. The decision by the ...