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09:54 25 March 2016

Shikoku Electric's Ikata No. 1 nuclear reactor to be scrapped

OSAKA, March 25, Kyodo

Shikoku Electric Power Co. plans to give up restarting the No. 1 reactor of its Ikata nuclear complex in western Japan and scrap it because extending the aging unit's lifespan would be hugely expensive, company sources said Friday.

Shikoku Electric's plan could have an impact on other major utilities as they decide whether to seek to keep their aging reactors operable beyond the 40-year time limit, a rule imposed after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.

The regional utility serving the main island of Shikoku is expected to announce the plan as early as later in the morning.

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