Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has called for up to nine of the ten reactors that have already been restarted to be in operation over the winter to avoid electricity shortages.
"There are concerns about the supply and demand of energy this winter," Japan's Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a press conference. "At any rate, we need to prevent such a situation. Therefore, I have told the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry that as many nuclear power plants as possible -up to nine- this winter will be put into operation to secure about 10% of Japan's total electricity consumption."
Japan's Prime Minister :"It is the government's responsibility to take every possible measure and make every effort to ensure a stable supply of electricity"
Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Koichi Hagiuda Hagiuda, was quoted by Reuters as saying: "We would like to ensure the operation of a maximum of nine reactors, up from the current five operating now, by revising the construction and inspection periods for some of the nuclear power plants."
Of the ten nuclear power plants that have been restarted, the five that are currently in operation are in Western Japan, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum noted.
Of the ten nuclear power plants that have been restarted, the five that are currently in operation are in Western Japan, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum (JAIF) noted. They are Ohi units 3 and 4, Ikata unit 3 and Sendai units 1 and 2. The other five are currently shut down either for periodic inspections.
Source: World Nuclear News