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Sendai reactor output achieves 100% capacity

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The output of Japan's only online nuclear reactor has been raised to full capacity.

Kyushu Electric Power Company, which operates the Sendai plant in southwestern Japan, said that the number-one reactor reached 100-percent output on Monday morning. It says that it will undergo final inspections by the Nuclear Regulation Authority on September 10th.

The reactor was the first to have met new safety guidelines that were introduced following the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The utility restarted the reactor on August 11th.

The company continued test operations while gradually increasing its output and checking whether the equipment was working properly.

The company was forced to temporarily stop increasing the output after a problem was found with one of the reactor's condensers. The work resumed last Thursday.

The nuclear authority will now check the water, temperatures and pressures in the reactor while it is in full operation.

The utility says if all goes well, it will resume full commercial operations. The reactor will become the first in the country to resume such operations since the Ohi plant in central Japan went offline in 2013.

The Nuclear Regulation Authority says it will carefully conduct final inspections of the reactor.

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