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Chugoku Electric applies for checks on Shimane reactor

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Chugoku Electric Power Co. applied Friday for a Nuclear Regulation Authority safety screening of the No. 3 reactor now under construction at its Shimane nuclear power plant.

Before a nuclear reactor starts or resumes operations, it needs to meet stricter safety standards introduced in 2013 after the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

This is the second safety screening application under the new standards for a nuclear facility under construction, after Electric Power Development Co., or J-Power, sought checks on its Oma nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture in December 2014.

In December 2013, Chugoku Electric submitted a screening application for the No. 2 reactor at the Shimane plant in Matsue.

“We’ve heard that it would be difficult to conduct safety checks for two reactors in parallel,” said Tatsuo Kitano, deputy chief of Chugoku Electric’s power supply business.

“We’d like to ask the NRA to prioritize the ongoing checks for the No. 2 reactor, and then start the screening of the No. 3 reactor.”

The construction of the No. 3 reactor is almost complete.

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