Kyushu Electric Power Co. will have the No. 1 reactor at the Sendai nuclear power plant in Kagoshima Prefecture back online as early as Aug. 10, according to sources.
The utility will begin producing electricity several days after the restart and resume commercial operations in mid-September, the sources added July 10.
Kyushu Electric is currently undergoing the final procedures toward the restart of the reactor under the new safety standards of the Nuclear Regulation Authority. The utility began loading nuclear fuel into the No. 1 reactor in the afternoon of July 7, and completed the work before dawn on July 10.
Kyushu Electric will continue to have NRA inspections of equipment related to the reactor. It will also hold a four-day safety drill from July 27 that will replicate conditions of a severe accident at the plant, which is located in the city of Satsuma-Sendai.
Source: Asahi Shimbun