July 30, 2015—Kyushu Electric Power Co. could restart the Sendai 1 reactor as early as Aug. 10. The company plans to apply to Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority for a weeklong final “applied safety inspection” on Aug. 3.
Sendai 1 is expected to be the first Japanese reactor to generate power since 2013. The fuel at the plant is already loaded, and technical operational plans and procedures have been approved by the NRA. The regulator is currently overseeing functional and safety checks of the plant’s main systems as they are readied for startup.
Another 20 reactors are in various stages of the restart process, which requires NRA certification that they meet upgraded safety standards put in place after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi accident. Japan’s government plans to bring the share of nuclear generation to 20-22 percent by 2030.