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Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) is set to apply to extend the operation period of two aged reactors at its Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture by 20 years as the reactors will soon reach their 40-year limit, it has been learned.

KEPCO executives concluded that the company can expect high returns from running the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Takahama Nuclear Power Plant as their power-generating capacity is high at 826,000 kilowatts each. The utility is set to begin special inspections of the two reactors as early as the end of this year and plans to apply for an extension with the Nuclear Regulation Authority next spring.

The government has decided to limit the operation period of nuclear reactors to 40 years in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and the meltdown at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant. At the same time, it would allow a 20-year extension for the use of reactors on condition that plant operators conduct special inspections and take greatly enhanced safety measures.

Japan has seven nuclear reactors that have been under operation for about 40 years. Takahama’s No. 1 reactor is turning 40 years old this month while the No. 2 reactor will reach its 40-year limit in November 2015. If the extension application for the Takahama plant is approved, it will be the first such case among the seven aged nuclear reactors.
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KEPCO seeks extension for 2 nuclear reactors beyond 40-year limit (Mainichi Newspaper)


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