Japan's Chugoku Elec delays launch of new nuclear plant

TOKYO Tue May 31, 2011 1:15am EDT

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TOKYO May 31 (Reuters) - Japan's Chugoku Electric Power Co said on Tuesday it would delay the start of commercial operations at its newest nuclear reactor indefinitely from the originally planned March 2012 launch date.

The construction of the No.3 reactor at the Shimane plant, its sole nuclear facility, was delayed after a massive earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan on March 11, the western Japan-based utility said in a statement.

The March 11 disaster triggered a crisis at Tokyo Electric Power's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and has spurred several Japanese utilities to re-evaluate plans for new reactors. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Edmund Klamann)

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