The detention scheduled for today the last active nuclear reactor in Japan, will leave the country without any of the 54 nuclear power plants with which they had in place before the crisis in March 2011 in the Fukushima plant.
With the stop for routine review of reactor number 3 of the Tomari nuclear power station in the northern island of Hokkaido, Japan stop producing electricity through nuclear power for the first time in 42 years.
The plant operator, Hokkaido Electric Power, will begin to reduce the reactor power of Tomari at 17.00 local time (08.00 GMT) for the arrest of the generator at around 23.00 (14.00 GMT) in a process that could be completed in about three hours, according to NHK television reported.
With all its reactors stopped, and faced with little chance of reviving either of them short term, Japan, a country which depended almost 30 percent of this energy before Fukushima, fears that high summer temperatures soar demand and can produce a lack of energy supply.
Since the tsunami of March 11, 2011 swept the northeast coast and caused the worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl (Ukraine), the Government has tightened security measures at the plants, which requires overcoming resistance tests disaster similar to last year.
Although the reactors 3 and 4 of the Oi nuclear plant in the Kansai region (center), have passed the safety test, the Government has met for its revival with the rejection of the regions and cities host plants, which are expected power outages during the summer.
In this regard, the Cabinet of Prime Minister, Yoshihiko Noda, has stepped up meetings to try to convince local governments of the need to reactivate the units of Oi, which he estimates could supply up to 2.36 million kilowatts in additional region.
To ensure demand without nuclear energy in large cities like Tokyo, whose metropolitan area has more than 30 million people, electric operators have boosted the use of thermal plants, which increased spending on imports crude oil and liquefied gas.
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