October 12, 2010 / 5:20 AM / 7 years ago

Japan's Chugoku may restart reactor in Nov -report

TOKYO, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Japanese utility Chugoku Electric Power Co (9504.T) may be able to restart the 820-megawatt No.2 reactor at its sole Shimane nuclear plant in November if it gets approval from local authorities, Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

Both the 460-megawatt No.1 and No.2 reactors at the plant have been shut indefinitely since March after the company identified more than 100 cases where maintenance of equipment had not been conducted as scheduled.

The mayor of Matsue city, where the plant is located, is expected to give his approval on Oct. 18, and Shimane prefecture in western Japan is also likely to greenlight the plan, the report said.

Chugoku has completed the inspection of the No.2 unit but needs local approval to restart the reactor. The trade ministry gave its go-ahead for the reactor’s restart last month.

It would take about three weeks to prepare for the restart, including loading nuclear fuel, Kyodo reported, citing an unnamed Chugoku executive.

The inspection of the No.1 reactor is still underway, and the No.1 reactor is set to enter planned maintenance next month, a company spokeswoman said. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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