Japan’s Oma nuclear power plant resumes construction

Tokyo, October 1, 2012 — Japan’s Electric Power Development Co. will restart construction of its Oma nuclear power plant in Aomori Prefecture, the northernmost prefecture on Honshu, which is Japan’s largest island.

The Oma plant would be the first to restart construction among nuclear power stations since work was suspended following the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami last year that led to the crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

J-Power began building the Oma plant four years ago. About 40 percent of the plant had been completed before construction was suspended following the disasters due to growing safety concerns.

Japan’s central government decided to allow suspended nuclear plant construction projects to be restarted.

Besides the Oma plant, construction has been suspended on the No. 3 reactor of Chugoku Electric Power Co.’s Shimane nuclear plant in Matsue and the No. 1 reactor at TEPCO’s Higashidori plant in Aomori Prefecture.

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