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Japan's Kansai Electric to shut down 2 major nuclear reactors

Rising safety costs make even 1m kW facilities too expensive to revive

Reactors 1 and 2 at Kepco's Oi nuclear plant can each generate about 1.18 million kW, making them Japan's largest to be shut down besides those at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi.

OSAKA -- Kansai Electric Power Co. has decided to close two large, aging nuclear reactors at a power plant in Fukui Prefecture in light of rising safety costs that make restarting such facilities financially untenable. 

The Oi plant's Nos. 1 and 2 reactors each have an output capacity of 1.18 million kW, making them Japan's largest to be decommissioned aside from Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holding's crippled Fukushima Daiichi reactors. Both started operating in 1979. The Osaka-based utility is in talks with Fukui local governments and other parties to make a final decision before winter.

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