Shimane Nuclear Power Plant

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Shimane Nuclear Power Plant
Shimane NPP
Shimane Nuclear Power Plant is located in Japan
Shimane Nuclear Power Plant
Location of Shimane Nuclear Power Plant
Country Japan
Coordinates 35°32′18″N 132°59′57″E / 35.53833°N 132.99917°E / 35.53833; 132.99917Coordinates: 35°32′18″N 132°59′57″E / 35.53833°N 132.99917°E / 35.53833; 132.99917
Status Out of service
Construction began July 2, 1970 (1970-07-02)
Commission date March 29, 1974 (1974-03-29)
Operator(s) Chugoku Electric Power Company
Nuclear power station
Reactor type BWR
Cooling source Sea of Japan
Cooling towers no
Power generation
Units operational 1 x 820 MW
Units under const. 1 × 1,373 MW
Units decommissioned 1 x 460 MW
Nameplate capacity 820 MW
Capacity factor 0
2013-2016 output 0 GW·h

The Shimane Nuclear Power Plant (島根原子力発電所, Shimane genshiryoku hatsudensho, Shimane NPP) is a nuclear power plant located in the town of Kashima-chou in the city of Matsue in the Shimane Prefecture. It is owned and operated by the Chūgoku Electric Power Company.

This plant was once said to be the closest nuclear power plant to a prefecture capital. However, on March 31, 2005, the area of Kashima-chou merged with Matsue (it was formerly in the Yatsuka District), making it exactly the same city as the prefecture capital.

New Scientist magazine has reported that, in June 2006, a previously unknown geological fault was identified close to the Shimane Nuclear Power Plant, but it is expected to be years before the plant is strengthened.[1]

The power plant covers an area of 1.92 square kilometres (470 acres).[2]

Reactors on site[edit]

Name Reactor type Commission date Power rating
Shimane - 1 BWR March 29, 1974 460 MW
Shimane - 2 BWR February 10, 1989 820 MW
Shimane - 3 (groundwork underway) ABWR Due March 2012 but construction suspended in 2011[3]Sep. 2012, METI approved the restart of construction.[4] 1373 MW
Aerial view, image: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan


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