Tepco gets nuclear green light

Tokyo: Will Japan's power mix once again see nuclear megawatts?

Tokyo: Will Japan's power mix once again see nuclear megawatts?

Tokyo Electric Power (Tepco), owner of the crippled Fukushima power plant, has secured Japanese government approval for its revamped 10-year business strategy – including plans to partially reopen its seven-reactor nuclear station in Kashiwazaki, Niigata prefecture.

The long-rumoured resumption of nuclear activity is still not certain – for one thing Tepco needs to get geological clearance for the Kashiwazaki plant – but would be highly controversial in Japan following the Fukushima disaster in 2011.

Tepco, Japan’s largest utility, has said it needs to switch reactors back on at the Kashiwazaki facility – the world’s largest nuclear power plant – to remain financially stable.

The last of Japan’s 50 nuclear reactors were shut down for maintenance last September, partly in response to public opposition to the use of nuclear energy Log in to read complete article.

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