Fire halts Japan Hokuriku's 700-MW coal-fired unit

TOKYO, June 29 (Reuters) - Japanese utility Hokuriku Electric Power Co 9505.T said on Tuesday it halted its 700-megawatt coal-fired power generation unit earlier in the day after a fire, which resulted in no injuries.

A company spokesman did not give a schedule for restart pending an investigation by the authorities on Wednesday.

The fire was spotted around 0500 GMT near a boiler room at the No.2 unit of its Nanao Ohta power plant and was extinguished by 0630 GMT.

The company has increased output from its oil-fired, coal-fired and hydro plants as a result of the shutdown, the spokesman added.

The No.2 unit began commercial operations in July 1998. (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by Alison Birrane)