UPDATE 1-J-Power halts construction work on Ohma nuclear plant

* No outlook for resumption of work – president

* J-Power has received coal from TEPCO, Tohoku

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TOKYO, March 31 (Reuters) – J-Power said on
Thursday it has temporarily stopped construction work on the
Ohma nuclear plant in northern Japan since March 12, a day after
a magnitude 9.0 quake hit northern Japan.

The move came due to a halt in power supplies at the
construction site and a difficulty in transportation of
construction materials, its president Masayoshi Kitamura told
reporters.

“The resumption of construction has not been set,” he said.

Despite the stoppage, J-Power has kept unchanged its outlook
to start commercial operations of what will be its first nuclear
plant, with capacity of 1,383 megawatts, in November 2014.

Japanese utilities are starting to review their nuclear
plant construction plans after the devastating earthquake and
tsunami this month crippled Tokyo Electric Power’s
Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power complex in northeastern Japan.

Kitamura also said that it has received two or three coal
cargoes from Tokyo Electric and Tohoku Electric Power
because they were unable to unload at their original
destinations as their plants were hit by the quake and the
tsunami.

(Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Chris Gallagher)

UPDATE 1-J-Power halts construction work on Ohma nuclear plant