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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. 

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