The lifespan of its Takahama No. 3 and 4 nuclear reactors will be extended to 60 years, according to Kansai Electric Power Co., which announced this on Friday.
A decade after the Fukushima tragedy, Japan has announced a significant change in its nuclear energy strategy, saying it will consider constructing next-generation reactors and restarting additional idled nuclear units in an effort to deal with rising energy prices.
Under existing standards, a nuclear power reactor may theoretically run for 40 years, however this can be increased by up to 20 years once.
Inspections, according to the firm, revealed nothing substantial that may pose issues if the operation term was extended.