Construction delayed

3 May 2002

Japan will delay by one year the construction of eight out of the 19 planned reactors, said the Natural Resources and Energy Agency.

Those subject to the delay include reactors 7 and 8 at Tepco's Fukushima 1, and a reactor at Electric Power Development's Oma plant, in Aomori prefecture.

The 52 commercial reactors in Japan ran at an average capacity of 80.5% in fiscal 2001. This was the seventh year in a row that average capacity had exceeded 80%. BWRs operated at an average capacity of 78.6%, and PWRs at an average capacity of 82.9%. The average period between safety checks at the 52 plants was 12.9 months, the longest on record. The legal maximum is 13 months.

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