Published on Tuesday May 28 2013 (AEST)
A Japanese nuclear power plant operator says it will ask for permission to restart 2 of its reactors once the government introduces new safety guidelines in July.
The president of Kansai Electric Power Company, Makoto Yagi, on Monday said his firm intends to apply for permission to restart the Number 3 and 4 reactors at the Takahama plant in Fukui Prefecture.
KEPCO is seeking the resumption as soon as possible as it has already implemented an electricity price hike on the basis of future earnings from the nuclear reactors.
Yagi said the operator is also preparing to apply for permission to restart other plants. But the Nuclear Regulation Authority says that some of KEPCO's nuclear power stations still have to be checked to see if they have active faults beneath their sites before it can start screening them for the new guidelines.
The majority of Japan's nuclear reactors have been shut down in the wake of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.