FILE PHOTO: A reactor constructing (R) and turbine constructing are seen at Japan Atomic Energy Co’s Tokai Daini nuclear energy plant throughout a media tour in Tokai village in Ibaraki prefecture, about 120 km (75 miles) north of Tokyo, April 19, 2011 REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao/File Photograph
TOKYO (Reuters) – Tokyo Electrical Energy plans to scrap its Fukushima Daini nuclear station, positioned just a few miles south of the larger Fukushima Daiichi plant the place three reactors melted down in 2011 after an earthquake and tsunami, Kyodo Information reported on Wednesday.
Tomoaki Kobayakawa, president of Tepco, (9501.T) as the corporate is known as, will go to the governor of Fukushima prefecture on Wednesday to convey the plan and its board will formally approve the choice later this month, Kyodo mentioned, with out citing sources.
Three reactors at Fukushima Daiichi, which had six reactors and is positioned about 12 kilometers (7 miles) north of Fukushima Daini, suffered meltdowns after the large March 2011 earthquake and tsunami shut down the plant’s cooling techniques.
The Daini station additionally got here near a catastrophe, however retained sufficient backup energy to maintain cooling going. Successive Fukushima governors have known as for it to be scrapped.
A Tepco spokesman instructed Reuters by cellphone that nothing has been selected the problem.
Scrapping the Daini station will depart Tepco with only one probably operational nuclear station, Kawazaki Kariwa, the place it’s making an attempt to get two reactors returned to service beneath new security laws towards sturdy native opposition.
It’ll additionally depart Japan with 33 reactors, in contrast with 54 earlier than the catastrophe: Many operators determined to scrap older items that will value an excessive amount of to satisfy new security requirements imposed after the world’s worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.
A Reuters evaluation final yr confirmed it was unlikely that Daini would ever restart. Japan has eight reactors working and lots of are nonetheless going by way of a relicensing course of beneath the brand new requirements.
Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Modifying by Kenneth Maxwell