Kashiwazaki Kariwa restart

11 May 2009

Ones of Japan’s nuclear units at Kashiwazaki Kariwa has been restarted following an outage after a major earthquake last July.

Masataka Shimizu, president of Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), said unit 7 in Niigata prefecture was being restarted after receiving permission from the authorities.

He said: “TEPCO would like to express our deepest appreciation for assistance of local residents and all concerned after the Niigata-Chuetsu-Oki earthquake.

“In response to this approval, TEPCO plans to restart unit 7 by withdrawing control rods, and to conduct a functional test for the whole plant. Through the test, TEPCO will confirm the soundness of the unit 7.

“TEPCO will make more efforts to disclose information and do our best to make safety the first priority.”

He said TEPCO would steadily confirm the soundness of facilities, restoration works, seismic reinforcement works and other factors on the other units with prejudgement.


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