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Reactor at Ikata nuclear plant unlikely to be restarted before April: utility president

Shikoku Electric Power Co. President Hayato Saeki on Jan. 27 indicated that the No. 3 reactor at the company's Ikata Nuclear Power Plant will not be restarted this fiscal year.

    "It would be considerably difficult with just two months left," Saeki said. "It will have to wait until next fiscal year," he said in a regular news conference. Saeki did not specify a target date for restarting the reactor.

    In October last year, Ehime Gov. Tokihiro Nakamura gave approval to restart the reactor, ending a series of local procedures. The same month Shikoku Electric submitted an amended request for approval of construction plans to the Nuclear Regulation Authority (NRA), completing all of the necessary paperwork for government screening.

    The NRA, however, pointed out a "considerable number" of issues regarding the basis for figures that were presented, Saeki said. Responding to these issues, including new analysis, is said to be taking time.

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