Kansai Electric Power Company


Kansai Electric Power Company

nihongo|Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc.|関西電力株式会社|Kansai Denryoku Kabushiki-gaisha|KEPCO (tyo|9503), also known as nihongo|"Kanden"|関電, is an electric utility with its operational area of Kansai region (incluing the Kobe-Osaka-Kyoto megalopolis). The company is regarded as one of the leading companies in Kansai, as well as the leader of electric power industry.

Power Plants

Total 164 plants , 35,760,000 kw

Nuclear

Accidents and Scandals

Mihama accident in 1991

Mihama accident in 2004

On August 9, 2004, the company reported that five of its employees were killed by a steam burst at the Mihama Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture. The burst, according to the company, was due to the neglect of mandated safety checks and there was no radiation leak.

On March 22, 2006, the AP reported that 2 employees were injured in a four hour fire. The fire apparently started in an area of the facility where ash is packed into steel barrels. Some of the waste processed in that area contains low levels of radiation, but monitors outside the facility have shown no signs of leakage. All four pressurized water reactors were operating normally at the time.

See also

*Osaka Science Museum
*Kanden Tunnel Trolleybus
*Kurobe Senyō Railway

External links

* [http://www.kepco.co.jp/english/ KEPCO Official website]
* [http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/asiapcf/03/22/japan.fire.ap/index.html 2006 Incident]
* [http://uk.reuters.com/article/oilRpt/idUKT9158920080728?sp=true Japan's TEPCO, Kansai forecast record losses]


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