Kagoshima Kawauchi Nuclear Power Plant No. 2 to stop operation on the afternoon of 20th May 5:26 on May 20th based on new regulation standards

Regarding the Kawauchi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 in Kagoshima Prefecture, Kyushu Electric Power Co., Ltd. has begun work to reduce the output of the nuclear reactor from the early morning, assuming that the countermeasure facility against terrorism etc., which is obliged to be installed by the new national regulatory standards, will not be completed within the deadline. I am planning to stop driving on the afternoon of the 20th. This is the second nationwide shutdown of operating nuclear power plants based on new regulatory standards.

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission, based on a new regulatory standard that was created based on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, has been approved for construction of a preliminary facility to protect the safety of nuclear reactors in the event of an emergency such as a terrorist attack or an aircraft collision. It is required to be completed within a year.

Kyushu Electric Power decided to stop the operation of Kawauchi Nuclear Power Station Unit 2 in the form of accelerating the periodic inspection because the completion of this facility will not be completed in time, and the work to reduce the reactor output from 2:30 am on the 20th. It was started.

The power generation and power transmission will be stopped around 9 am on the 20th, and the reactor will be shut down and stopped around 1 pm.

Kyushu Electric Power hopes to complete the facility by the beginning of the year, have it inspected by the Regulatory Commission, and then restart it in January next year.

At Kawauchi Nuclear Power Station, Unit 1 stopped operation in March for the first time in Japan for the same reason.

Unit 2 will also be shut down next time, and this will be the second nuclear power plant in operation to shut down based on new regulatory standards.

The Regulatory Commission has a policy not to allow extension of the deadline based on the lessons of the regulatory body at the time that resulted in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident because no clear deadline was set for tsunami evaluation and countermeasures. I am.