Japan recovered their supply of nuclear energy after the Oi reactor core (west), the first to be reactivated after the accident in Fukushima, began to generate and transmit electricity.
Unit 3 Oi plant in the western province of Fukui, was launched last Sunday, but the turbine was not connected to this day, which began generating and transmitting power to the grid.
The reactor is expected to increase its power gradually in the coming days and operate at full capacity on Monday, according to Kyodo.
The reactor, with an output of 1.18 million kilowatts, will help alleviate power shortages this summer in the west between 9 and 15%, so that the government, which had called for consumers to save 15% of energy these months could review the request.
In a statement, the president of KEPCO Electric, which owns the plant, said that the recovery is a “step forward towards providing stability and security” and stressed that this is the first time in four and a half months that the company provides electricity generated by atomic fission.
The Oi, thus became the first run back after the disaster that unleashed in the Fukushima Daiichi plant by the devastating earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.
That event put into question the safety of atomic units in Japan, a country that has 50 commercial reactors and previously obtained 30 percent of its electricity by nuclear means.
It is expected that following the approval of the government in mid-June, KEPCO will revive another of its Oi units in middle of this month, in order to be fully operational by the end of July.