Kansai Electric Power will today become the first Japanese utility to submit a stress test report on a nuclear reactor taken offline following the Fukushima crisis earlier this year.
With the Japanese public very wary of nuclear, the government wants to be seen to be carrying out the most thorough of tests. Of the country’s 54 reactors, only 10 are online and none that were taken offline following Fukushima have been restarted.
Yet prime minister Yoshihito Noda is also keen to get reactors up and running before winter.
Kansai Electric is Japan’s second biggest utility behind Tokyo Electric Power, operator of the Fukushima plant. Today Kansai will submit the results of stress tests on a reactor at its Ohi plant to the country’s atomic watchdog the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency and the Nuclear Safety Commission of Japan.