A reactor at the Takahama nuclear power plant, in southern Japan, has automatically interrupted its activity on Monday after triggering an alert due to possible anomalies, the companies responsible for these facilities have reported.
Specifically, reactor number 4 at this Kansai Electric Power plant was deactivated at around 3:20 p.m. (local time) due to a drastic drop in the number of neutronswithout there being any evidence of other problems in the surrounding areas, according to the Kiodo news agency.
So far there have been no problems in the cooling of nuclear fuel, nor have they been detected. abnormalities in radiation levels, as also collected by the public channel NHK. Kansai Electric Power and the Japanese nuclear regulator are investigating the causes of the incident.
Takahama Reactor 4 was commissioned in November 2022 and had been in commercial operation since December.
Nuclear energy continues to be a key element for Japan, despite the fact that it revised its strategy after the Fukushima disaster in 2011. The authorities They then decided to pause their bet for atomic energy, with specific commitments not to build new reactors or replace those that were becoming obsolete.
However, at the end of 2022, the Government of Japan agreed to extend the shelf life of nuclear reactors beyond the current limit, which stands at 60 years, in a context of global energy crisis. In the last fiscal year, only 13.4 percent of the energy consumed in Japan was its own.
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