Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Japan will close all nuclear plants for tests

Japan will shut down its last two functioning nuclear reactors by September 15, Sky news reported September 2...The two reactors were restarted in July 2012 after passing safety tests, but a new set of guidelines require the reactors to be re-tested which could last up to six months, according to Kansai Electric...10 other reactors are already moving through the new testing process...The two reactors will remain closed for at least the remainder of 2013, leaving Japan without any atomically-generated energy for the first time since May 2012...Coupled with the ongoing cleanup and containment at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant, the loss of all functioning nuclear energy for a minimum of six months will test Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plans for economic stimulation...Japan will now have to rely on expensive thermal and hydrocarbon energy generation and can expect electricity rate hikes.

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