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Growing gas demand will eclipse Takahama restart

The imminent restart of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant could be outweighed by other factors in Japan’s energy mix, experts say The imminent restart of two reactors at the Takahama nuclear plant could be outweighed by other factors in Japan’s energy mix, experts say.
By Andrew Walker 9 May 2017 0 25820
The Takahama nuclear power plant. Reactors 3 and 4 are scheduled to restart this month. (PA)

Japan’s Takahama nuclear plant is on schedule to restart this month, but the small size of the plant’s reactors, combined with the retirement of ageing oil-fired power plants, means demand for gas as a power source will remain strong, according to analysts.

Takahama’s operator, Kansai Electric Power Co. (Kepco), has been allowed to restart the plant after the Osaka high court lifted an injunction against the operation of reactors 3 and 4 at the facility.

"We do not see the Takahama restarts having a fundamental impact...