Takahama nuclear reactor restarted
NHK -- May 18
One of the reactors at Takahama nuclear plant in the central Japanese prefecture of Fukui has been restarted for the first time in 15 months.

Plant workers began pulling control rods out of the No.4 reactor at 5 PM on Wednesday.

It runs on MOX fuel, which is a mixture of plutonium extracted from spent nuclear fuel and uranium.

The reactor is to reach criticality, a self-sustained nuclear reaction, in about 13 hours by around 6 AM on Thursday. The operator, Kansai Electric Power Company, plans to start power generation and transmission to the grid on Monday next week.

The power utility plans to resume commercial operations with the reactor in mid-June.

Wednesday's restart brought the number of reactors operating in Japan to 4, including 2 reactors at Sendai plant in Kagoshima Prefecture and one at Ikata plant in Ehime Prefecture.

17日に再稼働した関西電力の高浜原発4号機は、核分裂が安定的に続く「臨界」にまもなく達する見通しです。 高浜原発4号機は夕方に再稼働し、国内で稼働している原発は4基となりました。関西電力の原発が動くのは約1年2カ月ぶりです。
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