Japan shuts down one of two operating reactors
TOKYO (AFP) - One of Japan's two remaining working nuclear reactors was taken offline on Tuesday, with the other to be shut down later this month and no restarts in sight amid public hostility to nuclear power.
Kansai Electric Power started reducing generating power at its Unit No. 3 at the Oi plant, Fukui prefecture, western Japan, on Monday afternoon and was fully shut down early on Tuesday, a company official said.
The shutdown was aimed at allowing the operator to be ready for inspections legally mandated within 13 months of the start of commercial operation.
The reactor is one of the only two still generating power in Japan. The other one, Unit No. 4 at Oi, is to be switched off on Sept 15.