Kansai Electric to delay nuclear plant reopenings

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Posted: Mar 21, 2011 12:03 PM
Kansai Electric to delay nuclear plant reopenings

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Kansai Electric Power plans to delay the reopening of two nuclear power plants by about two weeks to check on the stability of the buildings and train staff how to respond in case of earthquakes.

The spokesman refused to give the details of the training.

The Takahama and Mihama plants had been shut down for maintenance at the time of the March 11 quake and tsunami which devastated northeast Japan and were due to reopen early next week.

Separately, Jiji news agency quoted Kansai's president as saying it planned to spend 50 billion yen ($620 million) to 100 billion yen on tsunami protection measures.

(Reporting by Kazunori Takada and Antoni Slodkowski; Editing by Tomasz Janowski)