Japan’s two remaining nuclear reactors will be shut down next month for regular inspections, leaving the country with no source for nuclear energy. Kansai Electric Power Company is set to submit to regulators on Thursday an application to shut down the Number 3 reactor at the Ohi plant in Fukui Prefecture.
The company says it will stop the reactor on September 2nd for a maintenance check. The Number 4 rector will be stopped 2 weeks after the September 2nd halt. At this time all Japan’s reactors will be down for the first time in 14 months, according to the media.
Four utilities have asked the Nuclear Regulation Authority to restart 12 reactors in 6 power plants but the applications are currently being screened, with no clear prospects of restarting any of them.
Before the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, and the nuclear disasters that resulted, Japan generated 30% of its electrical power from nuclear reactors and was aiming to get up to 40 %, as nuclear energy was a national priority for the country. Still, after the 2011 disaster, the authorities showed their concern regarding the country’s seismic risks that might interfere with the activity of nuclear reactors.