The Sendai Nuclear Power Plant will probably be the only one to undergo the safety inspection by the Nuclear Regulation Authority before the start of the summer season. Its operator, Kyushu Electric Power Co., is the only one who was able to submit all the needed data and requirements to make it to the screening.
The No. 1 and No. 2 reactors at Sendai will be the priority of the NRA for safety inspections. The other eight companies who have applied to restart their nuclear reactors were not able to submit data regarding their “basic earthquake ground motion”, which is used to evaluate the quake-resistance standards of the reactor buildings and other important facilities inside the plant. They were not able to make it in time for the March 26 screening meeting of the nuclear watchdog. Among the power companies that were trying to get their reactors restarted are Shikoku Electric Power Co’s Ikata nuclear plant in Ehime, Kansai Electric Power’s Oi plant in Fukui and the Takahama plant, and Kyushu’s Genkai plant in Saga Prefecture.
The NRA started the screening process under the new safety standards in July of last year and was looking at around six months to finish the inspection of each reactor. However they are way behind their expected schedule as the power companies’ have failed to submit the necessary documents to prove they have met the new standards. NRA Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said that he is hoping that the nuclear plants would be ready for inspection one after another but it seems like the power companies are not prepared for it.
[ via Mainichi ]