FACTBOX-Outlook for Japan nuclear reactor re-starts

Wed Apr 2, 2014 2:30am IST

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(Reuters) - Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is moving to revive
nuclear power as a core element of Japan's energy mix, but many
of the nation's reactors, halted after the Fukushima disaster
three years ago, will never come back online. 
    The following table lays out the prospects of restarts for
Japan's 48 reactors, based on a Reuters analysis.
    Note: NRA stands for the Nuclear Regulation Authority.
    
 Reactor      Operator  Probability   Comment
 Sendai 1 &   Kyushu    LIKELY        Approval process
 2            Electric                fast-tracked by NRA. Faces
                                      little local opposition.
 Ikata 3      Shikoku   LIKELY        Restart application
              Electric                submitted. Strong local
                                      support.
 Genkai 3 &   Kyushu    LIKELY        Restart application
 4            Electric                submitted. Little local
                                      opposition. Has evacuation
                                      plan in place.
 Ohi 3        Kansai    LIKELY        Restart request submitted.
              Electric                Has local support. Kansai
                                      Electric president said
                                      reactor restarts may be
                                      difficult before summer.
 Ohi 4        Kansai    LIKELY        Restart request submitted.
              Electric                Has local support.
 Takahama 3   Kansai    LIKELY        Restart application
 & 4          Electric                submitted. Evacuation
                                      plans almost set.
 Shimane 2    Chugoku   LIKELY        Submitted restart request.
              Electric                Local sentiment cautious
                                      but not anti-restart.
 Tomari 1 &   Hokkaido  LIKELY        Restart assessment
 2            Electric                re-opened by NRA.
                                      Evacuation plans set. 
 Tomari 3     Hokkaido  LIKELY        Restart application
              Electric                submitted but requires
                                      upgrades to meet new rules
                                      on emergency cooling.
 Onagawa 2    Tohoku    LIKELY        Submitted restart request.
              Electric                Reactor less damaged in
                                      2011 quake as it was shut
                                      for maintenance.
 Kashiwazaki  Tokyo     UNCERTAIN     Damaged in 2007 quake.
 Kariwa 1,    Electric                Strong opposition from
 2, 3, 4 & 5                          local governor,
                                      population.
 Kashiwazaki  Tokyo     UNCERTAIN     Damaged in 2007 quake.
 Kariwa 6 &   Electric                Strong opposition. Restart
 7                                    application submitted. NRA
                                      surveying faults at the
                                      site. 
 Onagawa 1 &  Tohoku    UNCERTAIN     Closest to 2011 quake
 3            Electric                epicentre. Strong
                                      opposition to restart.
                                      Majority of evacuation
                                      plans not set. 
 Shika 1 & 2  Hokuriku  UNCERTAIN     Experts say possible
              Electric                active fault under plant.
                                      Restart supported.
                                      Evacuation plans mostly
                                      set.
 Ikata 2      Shikoku   UNCERTAIN     Strong local support for
              Electric                restart. Ikata No. 3
                                      prioritized for restart.
                                      Evacuation plan set.  
 Higashi      Tohoku    UNCERTAIN     Experts say possible
 Dori         Electric                active fault line under an
                                      important reactor
                                      building.
 Hamaoka 3    Chubu     UNCERTAIN     Near major earthquake
              Electric                zone. No evacuation plan.
                                      Strong local opposition.
                                      Utility plans to submit
                                      application during FY
                                      2014.
 Hamaoka 4    Chubu     UNCERTAIN     Restart application filed.
              Electric                Near major quake zone. No
                                      evacuation plan. Strong
                                      local opposition.
 Hamaoka 5    Chubu     UNCERTAIN     Japan's biggest reactor.
              Electric                Serious saltwater damage.
                                      Near major quake zone.
                                      Strong local opposition.
 Genkai 2     Kyushu    UNCERTAIN     No timetable yet for
              Electric                filing restart
                                      application.
 Takahama 1   Kansai    UNLIKELY      Operating since 1974.
              Electric                Faces elevated tsunami
                                      threat.
 Takahama 2   Kansai    UNLIKELY      Operating since 1975.
              Electric                Faces elevated tsunami
                                      threat.
 Ohi 1 & 2    Kansai    UNLIKELY      Operating since 1979.
              Electric                Needs quake upgrades.
                                      Opposition to restart in
                                      local legislature.
 Ikata 1      Shikoku   UNLIKELY      Operating since 1977.
              Electric                Shikoku president said he
                                      will consider closure.
 Genkai 1     Kyushu    UNLIKELY      Will reach 40 years of
              Electric                operations next year.
 Fukushima    Tokyo     UNLIKELY      Strong local opposition to
 Daini 1, 2,  Electric                restart. Industry minister
 3 & 4                                has suggested it may never
                                      restart. 
 Tsuruga 1    Japan     UNLIKELY      Started operating in 1970.
              Atomic                  Japan's oldest reactor.
 Tsuruga 2    Japan     UNLIKELY      Active fault line found
              Atomic                  under critical buildings.
 Tokai Daini  Japan     UNLIKELY      Opposition to restart. No
              Atomic                  evacuation plan. Damaged
                                      in 2011 disaster.
                                      Operating since 1978.
 Mihama 1     Kansai    UNLIKELY      Fault line checks ongoing.
              Electric                Reactor started operations
                                      in 1970.
 Mihama 2     Kansai    UNLIKELY      Fault line checks ongoing.
              Electric                Operating since 1972.
 Mihama 3     Kansai    UNLIKELY      Fault line checks ongoing.
              Electric                Operating since 1976.
 Shimane 1    Chugoku   UNLIKELY      Operating since 1974.
              Electric                Chugoku President said
                                      last month decommissioning
                                      may have to be considered.
 
 (Reporting by Mari Saito, Aaron Sheldrick and Kentaro Hamada;
Editing by Ian Geoghegan)

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