Kyushu Electric Power Co. plans to start loading nuclear fuel assemblies into its Sendai 1 reactor in June, with start-up planned for July.

The restart schedule was confirmed during a meeting with the Nuclear Regulation Authority on 23 April, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) reported.

According to the schedule, fuel assemblies will be loaded in to the 890MW Sendai 1 reactor in June, it will start up in July and be returned to normal operation in August, if all goes as planned, JAIF said.

The news follows approval of the Sendia-1 construction plan by the NRA on 18 March, and a pre-service inspection, which begun on 30 March. Both units have also received approval to restart from the prefectural government and Satsuma-Sendai City. On 22 April, the Kagoshima District Court ruled against a petition opposed to the restart of Sendai 1&2.

Sendai 2 is at an earlier stage of the restart process. Its construction plan is due to be approved by NRA in May and this will be followed by a pre-service inspection, JAIF said.

Sendai 1&2, both 890 MW pressurised water reactors, were taken out of service for a periodic inspection in May 2011 and September 2011, respectively.

Photo: Sendai 1&2 in Japan

Date: Monday, 27 April 2015
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