The government and Fukui Prefecture today
approved the resumption of operation of Takahama Unit 2 and Ohi Unit 4
of Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. (Kansai Electric) as well as the start
of inspections of its Mihama Unit 1, Takahama Unit 1 and Ohi Unit 2 after
the authorities confirmed the results of the integrity inspection of the
secondary system piping of Takahama 2 and Ohi 4, which had been shut down
since August 13, 2004 following the secondary system piping fracture at
Mihama Unit 3.
Consequently, Kansai Electric decided
to restart Takahama 2 and Ohi 4. With the utmost attention to safety,
we are commencing preparations for reactor startup today, and plan to
resume operation of these units by September 5.
Mihama 1, Takahama 1 and Ohi 2 will be
shut down in turn in order to examine the integrity of their secondary
system piping after Takahama 2 and Ohi 4 reach the rated thermal output.
Kansai Electric will carefully investigate
the causes of the secondary system piping fracture at Mihama Unit 3 and
implement thorough measures to prevent similar accidents. We will also
continue to ensure safe and stable operation of nuclear power plants with
top priority on safety, while gaining the understanding of the national
government, Fukui Prefecture, local authorities such as the host municipality,
and the local communities.