Kansai Electric to shut 2 nuclear reactors for security upgrades

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(Reuters) – Kansai Electric Power Co Inc said it would suspend operation of Takanama No. 3 and No. 4 nuclear reactors from August and October this year, respectively, due to a delay in completing government-ordered security upgrades.

Under stricter rules implemented after the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Japanese utilities have been mandated to build emergency off-site control rooms to serve as back-up bases that can keep nuclear reactors cooled and prevent meltdowns in the event of a terrorist attack.

Japanese utilities are expected to face hundreds of millions of dollars in extra fuel costs in 2020 as they buy extra liquefied natural gas (LNG) and coal. Nearly half of the country’s working nuclear reactors will go off-line for required security upgrades.

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