13 Avril 2012
April 14, 2013
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda and three other Cabinet ministers were expected to approve the restart of two suspended reactors at the Oi nuclear power plant at a meeting Friday evening.
At the meeting, the four were to discuss safety measures drawn up by Kansai Electric Power Co. for the Nos. 3 and 4 reactors at the power plant in Fukui Prefecture.
Another key issue on the agenda was the electricity supply and demand situation for KEPCO's service area.
The session marks the sixth meeting between Noda and the three ministers since April 3 in preparation for the restart of the two reactors, which have been idled for regular maintenance. The three are industry minister Yukio Edano, Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura and nuclear disaster management minister Goshi Hosono.
No suspended nuclear reactors have been allowed to resume operations since the onset of the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant in March 2011. The only active reactor in the country is scheduled to be idled for routine maintenance in May.
So far, the four have agreed that Kansai Electric's safety measures for the two reactors meet new safety standards adopted by the government on April 6.
The government sees a need to reactivate the reactors as the firm's electricity supply capacity may fall up to 19.6 percent short of demand if temperatures this summer match that of a record-breaking heat wave in 2010.