Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co said on Friday it will decommission two ageing reactors at its Ohi nuclear plant as the country’s power industry struggles to meet new nuclear safety standards set after the 2011 Fukushimadisaster.
The announcement, which had been widely expected, brings to 14 the number of reactors being scrapped since the meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi plant more than six years ago as Japan turns away from nuclear power in the face of public opposition, court challenges and unfavourable economics.
A company official said Kansai Electric will scrap the No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at the Ohi plant, which sits some 370 kilometres (230 miles) west of Tokyo. Both have been shut since 2011, as have the two other reactors at the Ohi site. Read More…
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