Kyushu Electric Clinches Final Local Approval for Restart

Nov. 7 (Bloomberg) — Kyushu Electric Power Co. received

final local approval for reactors at its Sendai nuclear plant to

resume operations, clearing the way for the first of Japan’s

nuclear reactors to restart as soon as early next year.

Yoichiro Ito, governor of Kagoshima prefecture, today gave

his consent to the restart of the two reactors, according to a

statement from the prefecture. The decision followed a vote last

month to permit the units’ resumption by officials in

Satsumasendai city, the community closest to the reactors.

A spokesperson for Kyushu Electric couldn’t immediately

comment. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said the

approval is a big step toward resuming operations.

The decisions set up the Sendai reactors to be the first

atomic plants to begin operating under tougher safety rules set

by the Nuclear Regulation Authority, the agency created after

the Fukushima disaster to restore confidence in the industry.

While the agency said in September that the units were safe

to operate, it still must complete final reviews of construction

plans and safety-management rules at the plant. The reactors

will probably resume in January or February, Hidetoshi Shioda, a

Tokyo-based senior analyst at SMBC Nikko Securities Inc., said

today, ahead of the widely expected approval.

Japan’s operable commercial fleet of 48 reactors is shut

for maintenance or safety checks, following the March 2011

Fukushima disaster. The last of the reactors was idled in

September 2013.

To contact the reporters on this story:

Jacob Adelman in Tokyo at

jadelman1@bloomberg.net;

Masumi Suga in Tokyo at

msuga@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story:

Jason Rogers at

jrogers73@bloomberg.net

Iain Wilson

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