Chugoku Electric Power Co on Friday took its 820-megawatt No. 2 reactor at its Shimane nuclear plant offline for planned maintenance.
The shutdown leaves only three reactors operating in Japan out of a total of 54, as public concerns about safety in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster have prevented the restart of reactors shut down last year for maintenance. The three remaining reactors—in Hokkaido, Niigata and Fukui—are all scheduled to go offline for routine checks by the end of March, TBS reported.
All nuclear reactors must undergo planned maintenance once every 13 months. Chugoku Electric had until Jan 28 to close the unit. A company spokesperson said the shutdown began at 7 p.m. on Thursday and was completed at 1 a.m. on Friday.