The Ikata unit 1 reactor will be permanently shut down. The nearly 40 year old reactor needs 200 billion yen in upgrades and repairs if it were to ever be allowed to restart. The fuel savings the power company claims it would gain from running the plant is only 10 billion yen.
The repairs would also take up to five years, leaving them only about 15 years to legally operate the reactor as long as it didn’t develop any new problems.
The numbers for this situation show how difficult it would be to continue to operate a reactor past its original lifespan. This problem is also hitting US nuclear plants hard as utilities find their older reactors to be unprofitable due to low power prices and high repair costs.
Our map below shows the status of all the reactors in Japan. Those with a red X are permanently shut down. The number of those has been growing rapidly.
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